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.)


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