? asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 9 years ago

What did Stalin do to Trotsky after his victory over him?

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  • 9 years ago
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    Trotsky was first exiled internally, to Kazakhstan, then, Stalin sought agreement with Turkey for Trotsky to be exiled there; he moved to various countries, before finding asylum (and death) in Mexico.

    The reason for Stalin's hatred of Trotsky was that he, and most other Bolsheviks, feared a Soviet Bonaparte. Stalin was concerned that a popular and charismatic leader would rise through the military and threaten the revolution; Trotsky had been the head of the Red Army, and was popular in the military and among the civilian population.

    Trotsky's exile in Kazakhstan was, from Stalin's point of view, not very successful, he was still able to correspond with his political allies, despite tight controls on who he met with. In order to lessen this correspondence - it is easier to intercept international mail, than hand delivered letters - Stalin decided to have him exiled. Trotsky was lucky, Stalin was not politically strong enough, or bold enough to have him arrested and shot.

    However, by 1940 Stalin was politically strong enough and he sent his assassins.


    Trotsky - A Biography by Robert Service


    For an in depth examination of his life, works and ideas see:


  • tuffy
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    Stalin found him in Mexico and had him assassinated.

  • 9 years ago

    He had him exiled to Mexico... and eventually killed. This is a serious answer.. lol look it up.

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