The Struggle For The Succession In The Ussr

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The Struggle for the Succession in the USSR

· When Lenin had his first stroke in May 1922, succession to the
leadership of Russia became urgent. Trotsky, owing to his record and
his charismatic qualities, was the obvious candidate in the party rank
and file,

· However jealousy among his colleagues on the Politburo combine
against him. As an alternative, the Politburo supported the informal
leadership of the troika composed of Zinovyev, Lev Kamenev, and

· In the winter of 1922–23 Lenin recovered partially and turned to
Trotsky for assistance in correcting the errors of the troika, foreign
trade policy, the handling of the national ...view middle of the document...

Because of Stalin
organized controls, the party leadership easily won, They said
Trotskyist opposition was Menshevik-like, illegal factional

· Lenin's death a week later confirmed Trotsky's isolation. Trotsky
was deceived about the date of the funeral, failed to return to
Moscow, and left the scene to Stalin.

· Trotsky's role in the Revolution, was denounced. In January 1925
Trotsky's was removed from the war commissariat.

· Early in 1926, Trotsky joined forces with his old adversaries
Zinovyev and Kamenev to resume the political offensive for a year and
a half, following the split between the Stalin leadership and
Zinovyev–Kamenev group. Again they stressed the themes of party
democracy and economic planning, condemned the leadership's
concessions to bourgeois elements, and denounced Stalin's theory of
“Socialism in one country” as a pretext for abandoning world

· The response of the leadership was a rising tide of official
denunciation, supplemented by an anti-Semitic whispering campaign. In
October 1926 Trotsky was expelled from the Politburo and a year later
he and Zinovyev were dropped from the Central Committee. After an
attempt at a demonstration on the 10th anniversary of the Revolution,

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