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Lev Trotskii as the Mirror of the Russian Revolution

Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History. 2016. Vol. 17. No. 1. P. 181-191.

According to Soviet school textbooks, the Russian writer Lev Tolstoi, in the light hand of Vladimir Lenin, was known as the “mirror of the Russian Revolution.” This metaphor was not entirely accurate, as Lenin was equally convinced that Tolstoi did not correctly reflect the revolution. In the same sense one may consider Lev Davidovich Trotskii (1879–1940) as an “inaccurate” mirror of the revolution, both an opponent of Lenin and his close associate.