A man named Jacques Mornard arrives in Mexico in 1940, claiming to be a Belgian who is fleeing the war in Europe to join his girlfriend, one of refugee Leon Trotsky's secretaries. But nobody knows that in reality this conventional and cheerful young man is in fact an agent of the GPU (Soviet Secret Service) and has been sent to assassinate Trotsky.
Did You Know?
On 24 May 1940, Trotsky survived a raid on his villa by armed assassins led by the NKVD agent Iosif Grigulevich and Mexican painter David Alfaro Siqueiros. Trotsky's 14-year-old grandson, Vsevolod Platonovich "Esteban" Volkov (born 7 March 1926), was shot in the foot, and a young assistant and bodyguard of Trotsky, Robert Sheldon Harte, was abducted and later murdered. Trotsky's other guards fended off the attackers. Following the failed assassination attempt, Trotsky wrote an article titled "Stalin Seeks My Death" on 8 June 1940, in which he stated that another assassination attempt was certain. See more
In the NKVD training center dining hall where Mercader talks to the high officers, there is a banner over the internal passage arch. It's a standard multiplication of "Proletarians Of The World, Unite" from the Karl Marx's Manifesto, translated to native languages of every Soviet Republic. One clearly visible is in Estonian "Kõigi maade proletaarlased, ühinege". It was impossible in 1939, before Mercader's mission to Mexico, as Estonia, along with two other Baltic states, was admitted (annexed rather) to The Soviet Union only in 1940. See more
A world with fewer priests and more justice. And that's a world worth dying for.
To Send My Love
Written by Myriam Swanson
, Francesc Capella
, Paco Weht, Artem Zhulyev, and Anton Jarl
Performed by Magnolia See more