How did Stalin get back at his critics? He had them killed!
Leon Trotsky was born in 1879 of Russian-Jewish parents.
Like others, he embraced embraced Marxism as a teenager and became a political activist. He opposed Stalin, after he took over in 1924, 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.