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In the beginning as Lenin end grew nearer there were five potential leaders Bukharin Kamenev Zinoviev Trotsky and Stalin It seemed so obvious that there only was one man to take over Lenins reign - Trotsky He was Lenins right hand man but a close second was Stalin People saw him as the one who came second thats all he was there was no way that he would beat Trotsky in the race for leadership but what they didnt know that Stalins cunning would overtake then all and he would end up being the leader of Russia Stalin knew he would have to worry about the other three as separate candidates Trotsky was his main rival Stalin made Lenins funeral the centre stage for his plotting First he tricked Trotsky into turning up to Lenins funeral on a wrong later date By not turning up Trotskys reputation was damaged Stalin also used Lenins funeral to make himself look better by organising the actually funeral making it look like he should be the one to carry on Lenins work Krupskaya gave Lenins secret testament to the Central Committee but Zinoviev and Kamenev didnt it let become public knowledge as not only did it show Stalin as a bad leader but also Zinoviev and Kamenev didnt look too good in the testament In addition they didnt see Stalin as much of a threat and thought they could use him to help defeat Trotsky who was seen as very good in Lenins testament Zinoviev Kamenev and Stalin were at the height of the race at the moment At this moment Trotsky criticised the party calling it too bureaucratic and less democratic In 1924 Zinoviev and Kamenev built up a ferocious campaign against Trotsky which questioned his loyalty to Lenin and criticised him about the 1917 revolution in which he was a bit unwilling to support Lenins actions During this time Stalin thought wisely and stayed in the background
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