A few of its members had died natural deaths, but most of them from Lev Kamenev
and Grigory Zinoviev (a particularly close comrade of Lenin's during his European exile) to Nikolai Bukharin (one of the most affectionately regarded members of the party hierarchy) and Karl Radek had been executed at Stalin's behest.
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.
Near the end, a recitation of the names of different avatars of Vishnu (from the more standard Rama and Krishna to Mohini, the only female one) seamlessly extends to include appelations of Communist thinkers and leaders from around the world (Vietnamese general Vo Nguyen Giap; Bolshevik rebels Nikolai Bukharin, Leon Trotsky, and Lev Kamenev
; Romanian Communist Nicolae Ceaugescu), aligning ideas of cosmic rebirth and political revolution.
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.
The decree created a special "conference" composed of representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Justice Department empowered "to exile abroad or to points within Russia, if a more stern punishment is not required." A commission composed of a Politburo member (Lev Kamenev), a ranking OGPU official (Iosif Unshlikht), and a high official of the revolutionary-military tribunal (Dmitry Kursky) was to do the final review of the list of leaders of hostile intellectual groups to be punished and the list of publishing operations to be closed.
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.
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.