Leon Trotsky

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Leon Trotsky was a communist theorist, leader in the 1917 Russian Revolution, and head of the Red Army. He was allies with Vladimir Lenin during the 1917 Russian Revolution. Trotsky was suppose to be Lenin's successor but Joseph Stalin won. Stalin exiled Trotsky from the Soviet Union and later decides to assassinate him. Trotsky was attacked by Mercader. Mercader killed Trotsky by slamming an ice pick into Trotsky skull, he died the next day.


“ Life is not an easy matter… You cannot live through it without falling into frustration and cynicism unless you have before you a great idea which raises you above personal misery, above weakness, above all kinds of perfidy and baseness.” - Leon Trotsky

“ The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end. “ - Leon Trotsky

On January 11, 1928, Stalin exiled Trotsky

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If Trotsky didn't stop Stalin from being Lenin’s successor, he would have been the new successor and there could have not been a cold war. Even after Stalin became the successor of the Soviet Union, Trotsky still tried to make Russia politically better.