Thursday, March 6, 2008

The Assassinated. Leon Davidovich Trotsky

Leon Trotsky's mug shot from Russian secret police files (1900)

August 20, 1940, Mexico City - NKVD (USSR secret police) agent Ramón Mercader attacked the exiled Trotsky with an ice pick to the back of his head. The blow did not kill him, and Trotsky is said to have spit on, and fought with, Mercader until his bodyguards appeared. Trotsky died the next day from server brain damage.

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