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Museo León Trotsky

Museo León Trotsky   



Location: Avenida Rio Churubusco 410, Coyoacán

Subway: Coyoacán

Tel. 56 58 87 32

Open: 10am- 5pm Tue- Sun

Leo Trotsky

26 October (7 November) 1879- 21 August 1940




Description of Museo León Trotsky

Museo León Trotsky or simply Museum of Leo Trotsky is situated at an address of Avenida Rio Churubusco 410 in Coyoacán, part of Mexico city in Mexico. Museo León Trotsky in a museum is devoted to Leo Davidovich Trotsky, a Russian- Jewish revolutionary who once lived here. After Russian Revolution of 1917 Leo Trotsky was second in command after Vladimir Lenin, but with death of the first Soviet leader and ascension of Joseph Stalin his luck turned on him. He was kicked out of the party he helped to create and eventually he had to flee. Mexico was assumed to be a safe location due to its isolation from Europe and USSR, but he underestimated vigilance of Stalin. On May 24th 1940 GPU (Soviet Secret Police) agent Iosif Grigulevich, Mexican painter David Alfaro Siqueiros and Vittorio Vidale attempted to kill Leo Trotsky. The plot failed, but young bodyguard Robert Sheldon Harte was abducted by the assailants and subsequently killed. Just three months later on August 20th, 1940 NKVD agent and a Stalinist Ramon Mercader finally finished the revolutionary with an ice axe. Leo Trotsky survived the initial attack, but doctor could not safe his life. He died the next day. Mercader later testified and described his attack:


"I laid my raincoat on the table in such a way as to be able to remove the ice axe which was in the pocket. I decided not to miss the wonderful opportunity that presented itself. The moment Trotsky began reading the article, he gave me my chance; I took out the ice axe from the raincoat, gripped it in my hand and, with my eyes closed, dealt him a terrible blow on the head"


Today Leo Trotsky is fairly popular with the leftist Western youth. However his popularity in Russia and former republics of the Soviet Union are incredibly low. His actions speak louder than his utopian theories and his role in the Bolshevik revolution and subsequent bloody reprisal against "enemies of Revolution" earned him a title of one the cruellest and heartless people in Russian history.





Museum of Leo Trotsky  Museum of Leo Trotsky




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