Leon Trotsky
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"Leon Trotsky", Lev Davidovich Trotsky; also transliterated Lyev, Trotski, Trotskij, Trockij and Trotzky.}} was a Marxist revolutionary and theorist, Soviet politician, and the founder and first leader of the Red Army.

Trotsky initially supported the Menshevik Internationalists faction of the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party. He joined the Bolsheviks immediately prior to the 1917 October Revolution, and eventually became a leader within the Communist Party of the Soviet Union / Russian Social Democratic Labour Party (bolsheviks). During the early days of the RSFSR and the Soviet Union, he served first as Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Soviet Union)/People's Commissar for Foreign Affairs and later as the founder and commander of the Red Army with the title of People's Commissar of Military and Naval Affairs of the Russian SFSR/People's Commissar of Military and Naval Affairs. He was a major figure in the Bolshevik victory in the Russian Civil War (1918–1923). He also became one of the first members (1919–1926) of the Politburo of the CPSU Central Committee/Politburo.

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