American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Zinoviev, Grigori Evseyevich 1883-1936. Soviet politician. A close colleague of Lenin, he shared power with Kamenev and Stalin after Lenin's death (1924). Joining Trotsky and Kamenev in opposition to Stalin, he was expelled from the party (1927) and was ultimately executed during a Stalinist purge.
“In Great Britain, the publication of the so-called Zinoviev letter in 1924, exposing an alleged Communist conspiracy, contributed to the overwhelming electoral victory of the Conservatives over the more socialist Labour Party.”
“The general election turned out a great victory for the Conservatives, owing largely to the so-called Zinoviev letter (Oct. 25), by which the Third International allegedly instructed British subjects to provoke revolution.”
“It must be assumed that the idea of the trio (Stalin " Zinoviev " Kamenev) to oppose me was already decided on.”
“Ludmilla Zinoviev, she of the huge knee-caps, paraded about with the giant tuber as if it were a delicate baby, instead of the glorious fruit of collective agriculture that it is!”
“Lenin was supposed to have made his observation to one of his close associates, Grigori Zinoviev, not long after a meeting of the Politburo in the early 1920s, but there is no evidence that he ever did.”
“In the movie, when Reed wants to leave Russia and go back to America, Zinoviev tells him, ‘You will never be at this place, at this time, again.’”
“In the critical sequences on the train coming back from Baku, Reed becomes furious with Zinoviev because he discovers that the commissar has been changing his speeches.”
“There is a key sequence near the end of the script aboard the train on the way back from Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan in southern Russia, where Reed berates Zinoviev, the Soviet commissar, for rewriting his speeches.”
“What helped me to become Zinoviev was questioning why this crazy American was doing this crazy thing.”
“He also made strategic use of nonactors, such as Paris Review editor George Plimpton playing a fashionable publisher with an eye for the ladies, including Bryant; and writer Jerzy Kosinski The Painted Bird who was marvelous as Zinoviev.”
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