1940: Trotsky killed in Mexico

Leon Trotsky was born in 1879 of Russian-Jewish parents.

Like others of his generation, he embraced Marxism as a teenager and became a political activist.

Later, he opposed Stalin and was banished from the USSR forever.

After four years in Turkey, Trotsky lived in France, Norway and was granted asylum in Mexico in 1936.   During this time in exile, he was found guilty of treason in absentia during Stalin’s purges.

On August 20, 1940, Trotsky was killed in Mexico City by Ramón Mercader, a Spanish communist.

The USSR denied responsibility, and Mercader was sentenced to 20 years in prison by Mexico. 

In the end, Stalin eliminated another “enemy of the state” and added to the long list of victims of communism in the 20th century.

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