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 Leon  Trotsky
Full Name: Leon Trotsky
Born: Nov. 7, 1879 in Yanovka, Ukraine, Russian Empire
Died: Aug. 21, 1940 in Coyoacán, Mexico
Leon Trotsky was a Russian Marxist revolutionary leader and theorist, Soviet politician and founder and first leader of the Red Army whose ideas were the basis of Trotskyism, a major school of Marxist thought opposed to the theories of Stalinism; Trotsky spent his last days in exile in Mexico, where he was assassinated on Joseph Stalin’s orders