My Encounter with the Trotskyist Movement | John Riddell

Dowson talked of the tragic impact of mass repression in the Soviet Union in the 1930s. I was aware of that and had to agree. He showed me a photo montage of about 20 early Soviet Communist leaders showing that almost every one of Lenin’s leading collaborators had been killed by Stalin. That took me by surprise – yet, again, it tallied with what I already knew. “Stalin killed almost every surviving Bolshevik leader,” Dowson said.

…Dowson often mentioned Leon Trotsky as the main leader in defending Lenin’s outlook against Stalin…

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