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The trial of the Trotskyite-Zinovievist Centre


The attack was followed by a purge from the Party of Zinoviev's  followers. There was no massive violence. The next few months focused on the great preparations for the new Constitution, based on the concept of socialist democracy.


Ibid. , pp. 95, 111-112, 115--116.

Only sixteen months later, in June 1936, the Kirov  dossier was re-opened with the discovery of new information. It turned out that in October 1932, a secret organization, including Zinoviev  and Kamenev,  had been formed.

The police had proof that Trotsky  had sent, early in 1932, clandestine letters to Radek,  Sokolnikov,  Preobrazhensky  and others to incite them to more energetic actions against Stalin. Getty  found traces to these letters in Trotsky's  archives.


Ibid. , p. 119; p. 245, n. 20.

In October 1932, the former Trotskyist  Goltsman  clandestinely met Trotsky's  son, Sedov,  in Berlin. They discussed a proposal by Smirnov  to create a United Opposition Block, including Trotskyists,  Zinovievites  and Lominadze's  followers. Trotsky  insisted on `anonynimity and clandestinity'. Soon after, Sedov  wrote to his father that the Bloc was officially created and that the Safarov--Tarkhanov   group was being courted.


Ibid. , pp. 119--120.

Trotsky's  Bulletin published, using pseudonyms, Goltsman's  and Smirnov's  reports.

Hence, the leadership of the Party had irrefutable proof that a plot existed to overthrow the Bolshevik leadership and to put into power a gang of opportunists walking in step with the old exploiting classes.

The existence of this plot was a major alarming sign.

Fri Aug 25 09:03:42 PDT 1995