Molotov joined the Bolsheviks in 1906 at the age of 16. In 1912, he and Joseph Stalin cofounded the Bolshevik newspaper Pravda (which means "Truth" in Russian). The paper was delivered to peasants in the country and Russian soldiers at the front-lines in World War One.
After the October Revolution, Molotov rapidly rose through party ranks, and positioned himself behind Stalin. When Lenin died and Stalin took control of the government, Molotov was named premier of the USSR in 1930.
1939, Molotov was also named Foreign Minister and negotiated a peace agreement
with Germany. But to prepare for a possible war, the Soviet Union invaded
Finland to add territory between Russia and Germany. The Red Army was
met with resistance, including a new and simple weapon made from bottles
filled with fuel and thrown like a grenade. They were soon nicknamed "Molotov
After Stalin's death, Molotov's hardline ideas were used against him when Krushchev called for a "peaceful coexistence" with the United States. Molotov was soon relieved of all duties and even kicked out of the Communist Party. He lived in obscurity until his death in 1986, two years before the death of his fellow revolutionary, Malenkov.