Waging of war often requires using not only strength, but also wit. During World War I, Germany, wanting to weaken the Russian Empire, with which it fought fiercly, came up with an canny idea. They found a revolutionist, the so-called Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (lated named Lenin) and sent him away to Russia so that he starts a revolution there that should weaken the tsar enough that the Germans have no one to fight with. Oh this German pragmatism!
They say that an enemy of my enemy is my friend. But how do you call somebody you use to destroy a common enemy and who later turns out to be even more dangerous than the initial threat? I’d call that a misguided investment.
Recruited by the German intelligence, Lenin seemed to be a great candidate to disorganize one of the biggest opponents, the Russians, from the inside. As a German intelligence officer would say:
"Not only is he radical, but also down with syphilis, so he shouldn't live long. Our troops engaged on the Eastern front would be four times more useful on the West. The assumptions we had were definitely justifiable, yet I believe that the execution of our plan was somewhat derailed. When it comes to the financial aspect itself, I’d say that giving Lenin money for his operation was just, but financing the Bolsheviks has gone too far. Lately Lenin has received 5 million deutschmarks and the whole financial support for his party has already amounted to about 9 tons of gold.
In my opinion, Ulyanov himself is a rather questionable persona. He has been exhibiting a disparaging attitude from the very beginning of our cooperation, one could even say he’s hostile. German authorities seem to somehow not notice this fact and allow a simple Russian emigrant to present his increasingly bold demands. Perhaps the exterritorial train for him and his guards was not a bad idea at the time, but now there is practically no control over Lenin anymore.
We should also bear in mind that, in accordance with the new and revolutionary changes, Lenin refuses to pay back any Russian debts from before the war. Those, may I add, include the money borrowed from Germany. To sum up, it seemed as if he wanted peace (similarly to everyone later in Soviet Union, theoretically), yet now he is not agreeing to our conditions and he’s obviously playing for time. What is worse, he is stirring up the Germans with his ideology."
As the German intelligence have guessed, Lenin successfully led the October Revolution and weakened the Russian Empire, the opponent of Germany during World War I. By chance, or maybe on purpose, he realised his revolutionary goal of which the consequences Russia, Germany and the whole world can see until now. One cannot say that it was Germany which caused the October Revolution, but without enabling Lenin to get to Russia from the West, the Revolution would probably no happen that fast.
Today, you can visist Lenin's Mausoleum in Moscow, in which you can learn about the German spy, who Russians admire for flair. During World War II, Hitler tried to leave a wreath on Lenin's tomb, but due to "unfavourable weather conditions" and the necessity of withdrawing to "carefully chosen position", he had to cancel his visit.
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