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RESPITE FOR EXILE

VISIT TO CZECHO-SLOVAKIA

TROTZKY TO TAKE THE WATERS PRAGUE. Sept. 11 Tho Russian exile Leo Trotzky, "the man nobody wants," is to be permitted to visit Czecho-Slovakia in order to take the healing waters at Pistyan, where he is due on Thursday. Armed detectives will patrol the corridor of the train outside Trotzky's compartment and the blinds will be drawn as the train passes through Hungary.. He will motor to tho baths in a closed car to avoid antagonising other guests. Trotzky has promised the authorities that he will talk to nobody but his doctors and servants. He is reported to be in great pain and walking on crutches. In October, 1927, Leo Trotzky was expelled from the executive of the Third (Communist) International after a violent attack on the Soviet dictator, Stalin. In January, 1928, Stalin and his followers decreed the banishment of Trotzky and over 30 members of the Opposition on the ground that they had developed anti-Soviet activities by attempting to create a secret organisation to work against the dictatorship with the aid of foreigi diplomats in Moscow. On January 16 Trotzky left for his first placo of exile,, Vierny, on the borders of Turkestan and China.

Trotzky led quite a comfortable existence. Most of his time was devoted to reading and writing. He worked on three books and also wrote his life story and carried on a voluminous correspondence with friends in Russia and with other exiles. When suffering from malaria he asked to be allowed to go to the Caucasus for cure, but this request was refused. He was, however, permitted to visit Moscow, and Stalin offered to let him remain if he would agree to cease his opposition to the Government. He scornfully declined and returned to his exile. In January, 1929, it was decided to expel him from Russia on the ground that a new plot by his supEorters against the Stalin regime had een discovered, many arrests resulting. Witli his wife, son and daughters Trotisky arrived at Constantinople in February, 1929, under the pseudonym of Seibroff. Ho was taken under the supervision of the Soviet Consulate and treated practically as a prisoner, being unable to communicate with anyono but the Russian officials. Eventually lie _ went to live on the island of Prinkipo, in the Sea of Marmora. In March, 1931, his wooden villa was destroyed by fire. All the furniture and a great part of his library and papers were burned, but ho to save some correspondence between himself and Lenin, the manuscript.of his history of the Russian revolution, and material for other works. His memoirs had appeared in 1930 and had been translated into English. In 1931 ho was reported to bo trying to induce certain European countries to admit him as a resident, but without success.

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RESPITE FOR EXILE, New Zealand Herald, Volume LXIX, Issue 21286, 13 September 1932

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RESPITE FOR EXILE New Zealand Herald, Volume LXIX, Issue 21286, 13 September 1932

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