January 31, 1929

On January 31, 1929, Joseph Stalin had Leon Trotsky exiled from the USSR. Apparently, Leon, one of the original band members of Lenin’s group was too popular with the common Russian people and Iron Joe did not like to share power. It was early in Stalin’s reign, so he told Trotsky “You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here. Oh, and your home is now in Turkey”. Why didn’t Stalin just have him killed? Because there were a lot of people who would get upset and Joe didn’t have the iron grip on Russia that he would later develop. Eleven years later when the Russian memory of Trotsky had dimmed, Stalin sent an assassin to Mexico to kill Trotsky with an ice axe.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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