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or Trot·ski  (trŏt′skē, trôt′-), Leon Originally Lev Davidovitch Bronstein. 1879-1940.
Russian revolutionary theoretician. A leader of the Bolshevik Revolution (1917), he was later expelled from the Communist Party (1927) and banished (1929) for his opposition to the authoritarianism of Stalin and his emphasis on world revolution. His writings include Literature and Revolution (1924) and the autobiographical My Life (1930). Trotsky was murdered at the behest of Stalin while in exile in Mexico.
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(ˈtrɒtskɪ) or


(Biography) Leon, original name Lev Davidovich Bronstein. 1879–1940, Russian revolutionary and Communist theorist. He was a leader of the November Revolution (1917) and, as commissar of foreign affairs and war (1917–24), largely created the Red Army. He was ousted by Stalin after Lenin's death and deported from Russia (1929); assassinated by a Stalinist agent
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(ˈtrɒt ski)

Leon (Lev, or Leib, Davidovich Bronstein), 1879–1940, Russian Communist revolutionary.
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Noun1.Trotsky - Russian revolutionary and Communist theorist who helped Lenin and built up the armyTrotsky - Russian revolutionary and Communist theorist who helped Lenin and built up the army; he was ousted from the Communist Party by Stalin and eventually assassinated in Mexico (1879-1940)
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He was exiled in 1917 and sentenced to death by Leon Trotsky but rescued amid protests.
1940: Leon Trotsky, exiled Bolshevik leader who found asylum in Mexico, died after being struck several blows on the head with an ice pick.
In 1940, Leon Trotsky who seeded the Bolshevik revolution was rewarded with an axe-blow to his skull, and in 1794, the guillotine severed the head of the French revolutionary Maximilien Robespierre from his body, as silently as Mr Advani has been detached from the corpus of the BJP.
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"You won't believe it but Trotsky has emerged in Budapest again, this time from Frida Kahlo's bed," the newspaper wrote, referring to her affair with Leon Trotsky, a key figure in the Bolshevik seizure of power in Russia, during his later exile in Mexico.
Vladimir Lenin, the leading Bolshevik, described Georges Danton of the French Revolution as the greatest revolutionary strategist ever, while Leon Trotsky, who created the Red Army that won the Russian Civil War, held up French revolutionary general Nicolas Carnot as his model.
Because 100 years ago on Monday, Russia's Provisional Government closed down all Bolshevik newspapers, allowing Leon Trotsky to call on the people of Petrograd to rise up as their freedoms were being stolen.
One of the exciting things about Padura's novel is the expert way he is able to integrate a narrative of the heady days, with all their promise, of the "Ten Days That Shook the World", to use the brilliant phrase of the American journalist John Reed, and the major reforms instituted by Vladimir Lenin and his key lieutenants, including Leon Trotsky, into the fictional tale told by his Cuban narrator, Ivan Cardenas.
TONY Blair has disclosed how he was inspired to enter politics by the example of the Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky.