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    I'm not sure why he wouldn't, I've just assumed it's because he wouldn't want to be see as attacking Stalin but I'm not sure whether that's right.
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    I thought it was due to a general agreement among other prominent Party members that it shouldn't be read out, like Stalin of course and also Zinoviev and Kamenev who also played a part in the leadership contest but the testament didn't exactly give an 100% favourable view of them. The Ban on Factions (1921) meant everyone had to agree; so Trotsky was probably forced to take the majority view that it shouldn't be read out! That's what I assumed anyway
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    (Original post by electrahearts)
    I thought it was due to a general agreement among other prominent Party members that it shouldn't be read out, like Stalin of course and also Zinoviev and Kamenev who also played a part in the leadership contest but the testament didn't exactly give an 100% favourable view of them. The Ban on Factions (1921) meant everyone had to agree; so Trotsky was probably forced to take the majority view that it shouldn't be read out! That's what I assumed anyway
    That's right...things were quite tense back then...speaking of testament we could also see it as the USSR's own funeral..no Lenin no progress, without NEP the country struggled perpetually
 
 
 
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