Birth of Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky

Birth of Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky

Leon Trotsky
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Leon Trotsky, Russian revolutionary, is born Lev Davidovich Bronstein to a family of prosperous farmers who are Jewish but not religiously observant. Originally an opponent of Marxism when he is first exposed to it, he will eventually be won over to the ideology and becomes one of the leaders of the Russian Revolution.

Trotsky will later become an opponent of Stalin and what he creates in the Soviet Union: an oppressive, heavily bureaucratic government which does little to nothing to improve the conditions of workers. He will sentenced to death in absentia in the great Moscow show trials of 1936 and assassinated in Mexico in 1940.

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