In the unanimous, though not explicitly articulated opinion of his successors, Lenin lost a great opportunity to expand the revolution at least on a European, and perhaps even global, scale. However, the Bolsheviks never abandoned the international aspect of their ideas. At the end of the 1920s, they were still waiting for a convenient moment for the next march to the west, but as the revolutionary moods in Western Europe gradually faded, they decided to implement it by other means. The most important of these was definitely the Comintern, also known as the Third Communist International. It was an international organization bringing together communist parties from several dozen countries from all over the world with the task of promoting communist ideas and preparing the ground for the proletarian revolution. Officially independent, it was subordinated to the authorities of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics - the USSR (the official name of the state was adopted in 1922). These treated him as an instrument of infiltration and influence on the homeland of particular communist parties. Until a certain point, it was also intended to satisfy the international assumptions of the communist movement, and to serve as a forge for the later party cadres of individual countries.