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Why did Stalin and the Soviet leadership have Leon Trotsky assassinated?

Trotsky, as the leader of the Fourth International, was a direct competitor to Stalin as the Leader of the World Worker Movement. Stalin needed all the communists to be subservient to him, especially ...
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How did the world react to Trotsky's assassination?

Short Answer Despite the 'distraction' of World War II, Trotsky's assassination was widely reported and commented on, but the 'interest' did not last except among Trotskyists. Stalin's Soviet Union ...
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Did Trotsky serve as a hate-figure in PRC propaganda?

Trotskyism, and by extension Trotsky himself (and vice versa) was definitely denounced in early Communist Chinese propaganda. Whether or not he was a "hate figure" depends on what criteria you use for ...
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Why did Stalin exile Trotsky instead of killing or imprisoning him?

According to Trotsky (excrept from Коминтерн и ГПУ, published in Бюллетень оппозиции (большевиков-ленинцев) № 85, translation mine): In 1928 […] not only the shooting squad, but even arrest would ...
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Why did Stalin and the Soviet leadership have Leon Trotsky assassinated?

Stalin had Trotsky assassinated for personal reasons. These can be seen if you read The Revolution Betrayed and Stalin by Trotsky, and Stalin: A biography by Robert Service which sums up Trotsky's ...
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Why did Stalin and the Soviet leadership have Leon Trotsky assassinated?

First of all, Trotsky had contested the succession to Lenin with Stalin. If Lenin had been in better health in his last days, Trotsky might have won because Lenin preferred him. So Trotsky was an ...
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Why did Stalin and the Soviet leadership have Leon Trotsky assassinated?

I think you need to reverse your question: why not kill him? When the death sentence was passed on Bukharin, Stalin's long-neutralised and powerless former rival, Bukharin was allowed to write a ...
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Did the USSR use trotskyism as a bogeyman in the post Stalin period?

Yes, Trotsky and Trotskysm was always strongly condemned and criticized in Soviet Union while Soviet Union existed. The history of Communist party was a mandatory subject on all levels of education, ...
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Why did Stalin and the Soviet leadership have Leon Trotsky assassinated?

Stalin was concerned about Stalin and the fate of the Marxist-Leninist-Stalinist world revolution. The success of a Marxist-Leninist-Trotskyist movement would have endangered both his physical ...
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After the split with Stalin, what was Yugoslavia's official attitude towards Soviet history before Stalin's takeover?

Tito was actually more to the right on Trotsky than Stalin, and somewhat alligned with Bukharin's position Trotsky and Trotskyism were part of so called Left Opposition to Stalin. Although deemed as "...
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