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Trotskygrad is more of a way of life than a city. Many cities throughout the ages have claimed to be the one true Trotskygrad, and many have produced DNA evidence to certify that they are in fact the progeny of Leningrad and Stalingrad, however evidence has never stood up to intense scurtiny as most often than not, somebody realises that cities don't have DNA. Recent research has brought to light new information on the city and an expedition led by Christopher Lumley in 2003 has un-earthed very convincing evidence as to the real location of the fabled city.
edit Origins of the Myth
The Myth of Trotskygrad can be dated back to January 1898 when the citiy's namesake,Lev Davidovich Bronstein, was first imprisoned for revolutionary activity. Whilst imprisoned, 'Old Lev', as he was commonly known wrote profusely about a city he had founded "only last tuesday". Although not much is known as to the Authenticity of Bronstein's claims, historians have traced this as the first ever record of the existence of Trotskygrad.
Many theoreticians have hypothesised that Bronstein assumed the name Trotsky after he heard the legend of Trotskygrad, however this theory has been disclaimed as investigative journalists from The Sun discovered that this was not possible since "Trotskygrad is named after Trotsky, not the other way round you berk" (citation needed). Unfortunately very few records remain detailing Bronstein's stay in prison from 1898 till his escape in 1902, save for three handwritten notebooks. Bronstein is not know to have mentioned Trotskygrad again in his life. His silence only helped to shroud the myth in mystery and have led notable hostarians to lable him as a veritable "tease"
edit The Notebooks of Trotskygrad, and Other Short Stories
Most evidence of Trotskygrad is found in the three notebooks that Bronstein wrote in during his imprisonment form 1898 till 1902. In these three books, titled "Trotskygrad, and Other Short Stories" volumes I - III, Bronstein goes into minute detail into his everyday life and only makes fleeting remarks about Trotskygrad which have tantilised historians for decades. In the notebooks Trotskygrad is described as a beautiul city on the banks of the river Moskva with beautiful green trees in the summer and pure white snow in the winter.
edit Bronstein's Trotskygrad
Although, to the annoyance of most modern historians Bronstein does not give GPS co-ordiates for Trotskygrad, he does provide a lurid account of some of the buidling's which he constructed (single handedly?) in the short time in which he was the city's ruler, and presumably sole inhabitant. Amongst the building mentioned are the Red Square, Kremlin, Mosco Metro, Pushkin Museum of Fine Art and the Bolshoi Theatre. However it is the El Mausoleum de Lenin(sic) which has most intrigued investigators, who to date have still not found a translation of Bronstein's original words into the English langauge. The academic consensus is that El Mausoleum de Lenin is a legend within a legend, a mythical monument in the mythical city of Trotskygrad. According to Bronstein the El Mausoleum de Lenin will be the final resting place of the creator of the universe and that he himself will then be ruler of Trotskygrad if it weren't for "that dickhead Joseph Sta...", antagonisingly the rest of the name is smudged and forensic investigation has not been able to uncover surname of Bronstein's nemesis.
edit Controversy over handwriting
In late 1989, controversy arose among Trotskygrad-ologists as a study published posthumously by Pavel Milyukov which lauded the fabled city as a "pile of bollocks". He based his assertions upon a forensic study, which analysed the handwriting in which Bronstein wrote about Trotskygrad and found that it did not match the handwriting he used in later life. The study also found that the handwriting does match that of Alexander Pushkin, who upon further investigation was found to have been sharing a cell with Bronstein during his imprisonment. Further evidence that point's to Puskin being the author are the other short stories mentioned in the tittle which are in fact Pushkin's drama Boris Godunov. Trotskygrado-ologists have since been seen throughout the world in states of despair as it finally sinks in that they hav wasted many years of their life on, to quote Milyukov: "a pile of bollocks"
edit Trotskygrad as a way of life
Trotskygrad has also been commonly been referred to as a way of life. It is a way of life that has been known to be incompatible with ice-picks.