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The Man Who Killed Leon Trotsky
typicallyspanish.com ^ | Dec 28, 2008

Posted on 01/15/2009 11:58:28 AM PST by nickcarraway

Ramón Mercader from Barcelona killed Trotsky with an ice axe in Mexico City.

On 20th August 1940, the exiled Leon Trotsky was fatally wounded at his home in a suburb of Mexico City when an ice axe was driven into his skull. He cried out to his guards as they burst into his study, ‘Don’t kill him! He must talk.’ Despite struggling fiercely, and even managing to bite the hand of his assassin, Trotsky died the next day, and the man who wielded the murder weapon was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

He insisted throughout his trial and his years in prison that he was Jacques Mornard, a Belgian journalist and a disillusioned Trotskyite, who was born in Tehran when his father served there as a diplomat. He said he had reached the United States and then Mexico on a Canadian passport in the name of Franc Jacson which he had bought on the black market in Paris. He always claimed that he acted alone and that the idea to kill Trotsky was his and no-one else’s. He never changed his story, but in 1950 Alfonso Quiroz Cuarón, the criminologist who studied the assassin in prison, travelled to Barcelona to try and find proof of his suspicion that Mornard was not who he said he was, but was in reality a Catalan communist. He showed some photographs to Carlos Polo Borreguero, a former police commissioner who named him as Ramón Mercader, a man he had arrested in 1935. Police fingerprint records confirmed his identity as Jaime Ramón Mercader del Río.

Mercader was born in Barcelona on 7th February 1914. His mother was Caridad del Río Hernández, a woman born in Cuba whose family had returned to Spain when Spain lost her colony. She married Pau Mercader in Barcelona at the age of 19, but left Cataluña for France when the marriage began to go wrong, taking her children with her. She was introduced to communism by her French lover and is believed to have been key in recruiting her son as an agent for the Soviet NKVD. Another lover, Leonid Eitington, was assigned by Lavrenty Beria, chief of the NKVD, to carry out Stalin’s order to kill Trotsky . It was Eitington who had recruited Caridad and her son for the NKVD, and Ramón Mercader spent some time in Moscow in 1937 for specialised training in assassination.

As Trotsky’s grandson, Vsevolod Volkov, wrote many years later, who had returned home from school at the age of 14 to see his grandfather lying mortally wounded in his study, ‘The plot proceeded in stages: Stalin, Beria, Leonid Eitingon, his lover Caridad Mercader and her son, the Catalan, Ramón Mercader (alias Jacson) were the people who murdered the founder of the Red Army and the comrade-in arms of Lenin.’

Ramón Mercader left prison in Mexico in May 1960, and was flown to Havana and later on to Moscow, where he was made a Hero of the Soviet Union. He was allowed to leave in 1974 and returned to Cuba, his mother’s birthplace, where he lived with his wife and two children until his death in 1978. He never saw his native Barcelona again, despite pleas for help to return made to Dolores Ibárrui – La Pasionaria – and to the then-leader of the Spanish Communist Party, Santiago Carrillo. Carrillo gave the condition that Mercader would have to write his memoirs and reveal who gave him the order to assassinate Trotsky. Mercader refused, saying he would ‘never betray’ his comrades.

His ashes now lie in the Kuntsevo cemetery in Moscow under the name of Ramón Ivanovich López. He also has a place of honour in the KGB museum.


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Or did he?
1 posted on 01/15/2009 11:58:28 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Stalin ordered the hit on Trotsky because of Stalin’s lust for power and because Trotsky dared to break ranks and remained critical of him.


2 posted on 01/15/2009 12:00:55 PM PST by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: nickcarraway

—bflr—


3 posted on 01/15/2009 12:05:02 PM PST by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the MSM tells you about firearms or explosives--NRA Benefactor)
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To: nickcarraway

Interesting stuff!


4 posted on 01/15/2009 12:14:31 PM PST by caver (Yes, I did crawl out of a hole in the ground.)
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To: nickcarraway
Or did he?

Lyndon Johnson conspiring with Gary Condit done it!

5 posted on 01/15/2009 12:18:15 PM PST by Revolting cat! (After all is said and done I'm goodier goodier than you!)
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To: nickcarraway

Trotsky was writing his biography of Stalin when he was attacked. There was blood all over the manuscript.

The book had to be published by a small press in paperback because the big publishers in New York were so infested with Communists that they refused to publish it. The same thing happened to George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

A few years later, of course, the same people were screaming about “blacklists” and “censorship.”


6 posted on 01/15/2009 12:20:15 PM PST by denydenydeny (If pigs could vote, the man with the slop bucket would be elected swineherd every time-OS Card)
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To: nickcarraway

bfl


7 posted on 01/15/2009 12:23:56 PM PST by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: nickcarraway

So a minor mafia chief is killed on the orders of the big boss. A fitting end to such scum.


8 posted on 01/15/2009 12:34:31 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: nickcarraway

Socialism needs democracy like the human body needs oxygen.

Leon Trotsky (1879 - 1940)


9 posted on 01/15/2009 12:40:38 PM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Obama, Change America will die for.)
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To: nickcarraway

The people who cast the votes decide nothing.
The people who count the votes decide everything.

Joseph Stalin (1879 - 1953)


10 posted on 01/15/2009 12:43:11 PM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Obama, Change America will die for.)
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To: nickcarraway

No, this is all wrong- it is Bush’s fault (sarc).


11 posted on 01/15/2009 12:49:15 PM PST by Maine Mariner
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To: nickcarraway

“Death solves all problems - no man, no problem.”—Joe Stalin


12 posted on 01/15/2009 12:50:17 PM PST by meandog (The two named Bush get the bird from this hand!)
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To: nickcarraway

He never saw his native Barcelona again, despite pleas for help to return made to Dolores Ibárrui – La Pasionaria – and to the then-leader of the Spanish Communist Party, Santiago Carrillo.


Typical libtard losers reaction for worldism. They also want Guantanamo terrorists to live free in America “just like the rest of us”.

They are delusional slaves going after “looks of freedom” while they carry out their subserviant Nazi orders.


13 posted on 01/15/2009 12:57:49 PM PST by JudgemAll (control freaks, their world & their problem with my gun and my protecting my private party)
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To: denydenydeny

There is also a very detailed version of the story in
“The Venona Secrets”-by Herbert Romerstein and Eric Breindel,using the decripted secret diplomatic messages between the Soviet Union and it’s agents here.
Stunning history.McCarthy was right.


14 posted on 01/15/2009 12:59:20 PM PST by gigster
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To: nickcarraway

Trotsky believed that communism was universal and needed to be exported beyond its birthplace. Stalin wanted to use it as a tool to govern Russia (and its satellites). Trotsky could have challenged Joe’s position as pater-familias, so he had to die.


15 posted on 01/15/2009 1:02:06 PM PST by IronJack (=)
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I wonder what kind of man this dependent homosexualoid of Stalin was talking about.

Liberals and blacks especially need to learn that it is OK to “lose” (forget about) Obama for the inhumane fraud that he is. However I do not see Obama liking it. This could become a very bloody affair.


16 posted on 01/15/2009 1:22:58 PM PST by JudgemAll (control freaks, their world & their problem with my gun and my protecting my private party)
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