Query on Father Gapon, Re: Red Ken outrage

Carrol Cox cbcox at SPAMilstu.edu
Sat May 13 12:13:05 MDT 2000




Einde O'Callaghan wrote:

> > > CB: Wasn't it a Socialist Revolutionary that shot Lenin ? Fanny > somebody ?
> >
> > CB
>
> Yes, Fanny (Fania) Kaplan in 1918. But Gapon was executed in 1907, long
> before the Revolution, and he really was a police spy and provocateur.

Could you expand on this a little? In particular, did his activities as a police
spy counterbalance his services (whatever their intention) in triggering popular
resistance. Lenin did write an article (in which he called trotsky a windbag)
claiming that many more Father Gapons were essential for the revolutionary
movement. (I can't cite the article with precision because I've misplaced the
volume of the CW that contains it.)

Carrol







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