Trotksy’s Istanbul island hideaway up for sale

A crumbling mansion with a unique history hidden on an island just off Istanbul has been put up for sale for $4.4 million.

Buyukada, Turkey.

Buyukada, Turkey. Image by Ayca Wilson / CC BY 2.0

The compound was the home of Russian communist revolutionary Leon Trotsky for four years from 1929 when he was on the run from the former Soviet Union. The house, on Büyükada Island, is currently owned privately but the local government and historians intend to put pressure on potential buyers to convert the dilapidated compound into a cultural centre to preserve the site’s chequered past. It is expected to cost at least £600,000 to restore the ruins, where the roof has fallen in, the walls have cracked and the property’s outdoor pool has tumbled into the sea. Read more: theguardian.com

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