Grigory Zinoviev (1883-1936) was a prominent Bolshevik, he returned to Russia in 1917 with Lenin and played a leading part in the Revolution.
As head of the Communist International in 1919, his name was attached to a forgery, the Zinoviev letter, inciting Britain's communists to rise, which helped to topple the Labour government in 1924.
As one of the "Old Bolsheviks", he was seen by Stalin as a threat. He was accused of complicity in the murder of the Bolshevik leader Kirov, and shot.
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Grigory Zinoviev was a Russian politician.
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