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Both Stalin and Trotsky knew that a lot of the communists would want Trotsky to rule and Stalin was willing to do anything to stay in power.
Trotsky fled to Mexico to avoid being assassinated by Stalin. However his location was found out.
Stalin sent Ramón Mercader to Mexico city undercover as someone instead in Marxism and who wanted to study under Trotsky.
He was brought into the community and was allowed to lean about Trotsky's ideal vision of communism.
Mercader was checked for weapons but soon became trusted within the community. The guards began to leave him alone and nor search him.
After a long time of waiting, Mercader saw his chance to assassinate Trotsky. He slipped an ice pick in his jacket and stabbed Trotsky leading to his death the next day.