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Leon Trotsky

“The historical power which the prosecutor represents in this court is the organized violence of a minority over the majority. The new power, whose precursor was the Soviet, is the organized will of the majority calling the minority to order. In this distinction lies the Soviet’s revolutionary right to existence, a right that stands above any legal or moral doubt.”

Speech of Leon Trotsky, on trial for his life, to the Tsarist Court, St Petersburg, Russia, Friday 2 November 1906

Leon Trotsky was born on 7 November 1879 as Lev Davidovich Bronstein in Yanovka in the Russian Empire (modern-day Kirovohrad Oblast in the Ukraine). Trotsky was a leader of the Russian Revolution, second only to Lenin and an influential Marxist theorist. During ...

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