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Leon Trotsky

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'Lev Davidovich Bronstein' ( – 21 August 1940), better known as Leon Trotsky (ˈtrɒtski), was a Russian-born revolutionary, Soviet politician, and naturalized Mexican political theorist. Along with Vladimir Lenin, he was a central figure in the October Revolution and the establishment of the Soviet Union. Ideologically a Marxist, Trotsky's writings and thought inspired a school of the ideology known as Trotskyism. Born to a wealthy Russian Jewish family in Yanovka (now Bereslavka, Ukraine), Trotsky embraced Marxism after moving to Nikolayev in 1896. In 1898, he was arrested for revolutionary activities and exiled to Siberia, but in 1902 escaped to London, where he worked with Lenin and wrote for the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party's paper Iskra. Trotsky initially sided with Julius Martov's Mensheviks against Lenin's Bolsheviks during the party's 1903 split, but was non-factional from 1904. During the 1905 Revolution, Trotsky returned to Russia and became chairman of the Saint Pe
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