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What did Leon Trotsky do?


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Answered 2011-01-12 01:33:31

In 1897, he was a driving force in founding the South Russia Workers Union and in 1898 the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party (RSDLP).

Trotsky shifted from the Menshevik faction of the RSDLP to Lenin's Bolshevik faction and became a leading socialist theoretician.

He became president of the Petrograd Soviet just before the October Revolution and was deeply involved in planning the Bolshevik insurrection that became known as the October Revolution.

He was the new country's first Commissar of External Affairs. When the Russian Civil War broke out, he became Commissar of Military Affairs; organized the Red Army and defeated the White forces.

He became Lenin's number two man in running the country after that, but when Lenin died, he lost a power struggle to Joseph Stalin. Stalin had him expelled from the Communist Party, exiled from the country and eventually murdered 25 years later.

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