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He Murdered Trotsky <br />(Coronet Magazine, 1959)He Murdered Trotsky
(Coronet Magazine, 1959)
On the afternoon of August 20, 1940, in the Mexico City suburb of Coyoacán, Leon Trotsky (b. 1878) was murdered by Ramón Mercader (1914 - 1978). Mercader (alias Jacques Mornard) was a Spanish Communist and a Moscow-trained agent of Joseph Stalin's secret police, the NKVD.

The attached article pertains to Mercader's 20-year incarceration at the Mexican Lecumberri Penitentiary, where he was constrained in semi-luxurious accommodations, complete with a telephone, silk pajamas, a book collection, newspapers and weekly conjugal visits - courtesy of "the Worker's Paradise".

Click here to read a 1938 interview with Leon Trotsky.

The N.K.V.D. and the Purges Pathfinder Magazine, 1938)The N.K.V.D. and the Purges Pathfinder Magazine, 1938)
"Congratulations were in order in Soviet Russia last week. The occasion was the 20th anniversary of the famed N.K.V.D., secret police, and celebration of that organization's success in 'rooting out the enemies of the people'"

Stalin Puts Trotsky ''On Trial'' <br />(Pathfinder Magazine, 1937)Stalin Puts Trotsky ''On Trial''
(Pathfinder Magazine, 1937)
In response to Stalin's Moscow "show trial" convicting Leon Trotsky of anti-revolutionary sedition - a second kangaroo court was convened in Mexico in which Trotsky and his fellow travelers offered a public defense on behalf of the accused.
The Moscow Show Trials Continue <br />(Pathfinder Magazine, 1937)The Moscow Show Trials Continue
(Pathfinder Magazine, 1937)
"Of the 17 defendants in the Russian 'circus trial', four were still alive in Moscow last week. Thirteen others, convicted of having acted on the instigation of exile Leon Trotsky to sabotage Soviet railways, mines and factories, were taken to a cellar of Moscow's Lubianka Prison, where they were yanked into cells to have have their brains blown out by pointblank pistol shots."

Another article about the show trials can be read here...

''The Madhouse'' <br />(Pathfinder Magazine, 1937)''The Madhouse''
(Pathfinder Magazine, 1937)
"The party purge had been widened to include the Soviet Secret Police itself, with 50 of its number being arrested."