Sheridan, a sculptor and socialite with advanced views on free love, had an affair with Soviet negotiator Lev Kamenev
and paid a visit to the USSR, but while there was never a shred of evidence that she endangered national security she long remained one of the fledgling MI5's most important suspects.
After Lev Kamenev and Iosif Stalin arrived on 13 March, he tells us, there was a "sharp turn to the right" in Pravda's political line.
Among those mentioned in the sources as helping to edit Pravda in March 1917 are Aleksandr Shliapnikov, Petr Zalutskii, Viacheslav Molotov, Lev Kamenev, Koba Stalin, Matvei Muranov, Mikhail Olminskii, Mikhail Kalinin, Maria Ul'ianova, and (after her return on 18 March) Aleksandra Kollontai.
These endorsements come from a conversation between Lev Kamenev and Nikolai Sukhanov on 19 or 20 March, a telegram to Lenin from his sister Maria Ul'ianova on 22 March, and an extensive letter, dated 25 March, from Kollontai to Lenin.
The proposal, which opened the door for the suppression of any type of independent thinking or inquiry, received approval from all Politburo members (Stalin, Leon Trotsky, Lev Kamenev
, Aleksei Rykov, and V.
This alone would have differentiated him from his fellow Old Bolsheviks, quite apart from the disparity between his own hard muscular intelligence versus the myopic theorizing of a Lev Kamenev
, a Grigori Zinoviev, or a Nikolai Bukharin.
Given his rush to lay blame and the orgy of repression that followed, many have suspected that Stalin - not Grigori Zinoviev, Lev Kamenev
, Nikolai Bukharin, or any of the other party leaders-masterminded the most enigmatic crime of the Soviet century, and perhaps the most consequential.
Golossovker, highly trained, a lecturer on classical literature and philosophy, acquainted with the great classical philologist Ulrich von Wilamowitz-Moellendorf (1848-1931), translator and commentator of texts from antiquity, of Holderlin and Nietzsche, fell upon hard times in the midthirties as the result of his association with Lev Kamenev
(1883-1936), was arrested, and spent three years in the gulag.