Trotsky was the most liberal of the Bolsheviks, and condemned the others (especially Stalin) for taking away Democracy from the Russian people, and turning the USSR into a Totalitarian state. In fact, if Trotsky had become the Soviet leader, the USSR might have been a great democratic superpower, the Cold War might have been avoided, and the World might have been a much better place. (However, the staunch, blind hatred of communism by the Wilson administration may have made the cold war inevitable.)
Sadly, Stalin had other ideas...
Life and DeathEdit
Trotsky was born Lev Bronstein on November 7, 1879, to a Jewish farmer. He first became involved with revolutionary activities in the later half of the 1890's.
Trotsky was Lenin's right hand man when the Bolsheviks came to power in Russia. He created and commanded the Red Army and was a member of the Politburo, which oversaw all other branches of Soviet government and made all policy decisions. He also wore glasses and had a wicked goatee, so you know he read books and stuff.
After Lenin died, Trotsky was expelled from the Communist party and kicked out of Russia. In return, Trotsky attempted to enter the United States to testify before Congress that Stalin was a major douchebag. Upon hearing this, Stalin decided his next move would be to expel Trotsky from life.
Trotsky was denied entry into the U.S. and eventually found his way to a home in Mexico City. It was there that he was attacked by Ramon Mercader, an assassin working for Stalin.
While Trotsky was home reading some stuff, Mercader buried an ice axe into the back of his skull.
This just pissed Trotsky off.
He stood up from his desk, axe in head, Cleaned off his glasses and spit on Mercader. Then he went after the assassin, wrestling with him. Trotsky's bodyguards heard the commotion (where the fuck were they a few minutes ago?) and came running in to prevent Trotsky from killing the assassin and get Leon to the hospital.
Trotsky made it to the hospital and underwent surgery before finally dying a day later from complications related to being brained with a goddamn ice axe. We're hoping he lived long enough to fire those bodyguards.
The October RevolutionEdit
Following Lenin's exile in mid-1917 between the February Revolution, and October, Trotsky was the main leader of the Bolshevik Party, acting on Lenin's behalf. He is widely acredited with the coup of October due to his leadership of the Red Army.
After the Bolsheviks had seized power in 1917, they were immediately thrust into a civil war against the rest of anti-Communist Russia. Once again, Trotsky's highly organised leadership of the Red Army secured the Communists victory by 1921.
Lenin's death and the power struggleEdit
Lenin's Last Will and TestamentEdit
Darth Lenin, leader of the Bolsheviks, suffered a series of debilitating strokes between 1922 and 1924 which left him bedridden and unable to effectively control his Party. Sadly for him, technology to keep humans alive in Darth Vader-style suits had not yet been developed / had been developed but only in a galaxy far, far away.
In the last months of his life, Lenin dictated a Testament to his wife which basically slagged off all the Bolshevik leaders, giving no clear idea who was to take over after he was dead. While it bitched about all of the leaders, Trotsky is indicated as Lenin's right hand man, and the Bolshevik most suited to become Party leader, despite his "arrogant personality" and other revolutionaries fear of him becoming a dictator. Did Trotsky want democracy? Were those others right not to trust Trotsky? Liberapedia doesn't know.
Power Struggle and expulsion from the USSREdit
See Also: Russian Power Struggle of the 1920s Lenin died on January 21, 1924. His Testament was given to the Communist Central Committee who obviously suppressed it, as it was favourable of none of them. Consequently, a power vaccuum was left which one of the revolutionaries had to fill.
To cut a long story short, Joseph Stalin won the leadership of the Soviet Union through a combination of propaganda, political backstabbing and alliances with certain Bolsheviks. Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party in November 1927, and later expelled from the Soviet Union in February 1928.
- ↑ [http://www.themilitant.com/2006/7034/703442.html ‘The Case of Leon Trotsky’ answered Stalin’s 1930s frame-ups]