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    Did Britain Try to Assassinate Lenin?

    Did Britain try to assassinate Lenin?
    By Mike Thomson
    Presenter, Document, Radio 4

    Nearly a century ago, Britain was accused of masterminding a failed plot to kill Lenin and overthrow his fledgling Bolshevik regime. The British government dismissed the story as mere Soviet propaganda - but new evidence suggests it might be true.



    For decades what became known as the "Lockhart plot" has been etched in the annals of the Soviet archives, taught in schools and even illustrated in films.

    In early 1918, in the final months of World War I, Russia's new Bolshevik government was negotiating a peace deal with Germany and withdrawing its exhausted troops from the front.

    This did not please London. The move would enable Berlin - which had been fighting a war on two fronts - to reinforce its forces in the West.

    Determined to get the Russians back into the war on the Allied side, the British despatched a young man in his 30s to be London's representative in Moscow.

    His name was Robert Bruce Lockhart.

    Supporting anti-Bolsheviks

    Lockhart, a Scot, was a colourful character. Known for his love of wine, women and sports, he also prided himself on his alleged ability to read five books at the same time.

    At first, the well-read Lockhart seemed to be making progress on the issue but, in March that year, the Soviets signed the Brest-Litovsk peace treaty with Germany, so ending hope of them rejoining the war with the Allies.

    Lockhart, it seems, had no intention of giving up.

    Instead, the suggestion is, his attention was now turning to overthrowing the Bolshevik regime and replacing it with another government that would be willing to re-enter the war against Germany.

    Documents show that, in June, Lockhart asked London for money to fund various anti-Bolshevik organisations in Moscow.

    This letter, marked "urgent", was sent from the Foreign Office to the Treasury. It sums up the Foreign Secretary's attitude to the Moscow's representative's request:

    "Mr. Balfour is of the opinion that the moment has arrived when it has become necessary to take this action, and I am to request that you will move the Lords Committee to give the necessary sanction for the expenditure of such funds as Mr. Lockhart can collect for this purpose."

    Counter-revolution

    In late May, the British decided to send a small military force to Archangel in northern Russia.

    The official line was that the troops were going to prevent thousands of tonnes of British military equipment, supplied to the Russians, from falling into German hands.

    However, documents from the day suggest that plans were later drawn up for these 5,000 British troops to join forces with 20,000 crack Latvian troops who were guarding the Kremlin but could, it was thought, be turned against the Bolsheviks.

    In the summer of 1918, Lockhart sent a telegram to London following a meeting with a local opponent of the Bolsheviks called Savinkov.

    It read: "Savinkov's proposals for counter-revolution. Plan is how, on Allied intervention, Bolshevik barons will be murdered and military dictatorship formed."

    Underneath that telegram is a note bearing the signed initials of Lord Curzon, who was then a member of the British War Cabinet.

    It says: "Savinkoff's methods are drastic, though if successful probably effective, but we cannot say or do anything until intervention has been definitely decided upon."

    'Ace of Spies'

    Meanwhile Lockhart had teamed up in Moscow with another highly colourful character.



    Sidney Reilly (pictured), a Russian who had earlier changed his name from Rosenbloom, was a flamboyant, high-rolling entrepreneur who had recently begun working for the British Secret Services.

    He became known as the Ace of Spies, made famous in books of derring-do, and was even credited as being the inspiration for Alexander Fleming's James Bond.

    But both were soon in for a shock.

    In the late summer of 1918, an attempt was made in Moscow to assassinate Lenin. He was shot twice from close range by a young Russian woman.

    The Bolshevik's secret police, the Cheka, arrested Bruce Lockhart a few hours later and he was taken to the Kremlin for questioning.

    Reilly escaped the Cheka's clutches on that occasion but was shot dead several years later after being lured back into Russia.

    According to Cheka records, Lockhart confessed to being part of a plot proposed by London to kill Lenin and overthrow the Bolshevik government. But in early October 1918, Britain's representative to Moscow was freed in an exchange for his Russian counterpart in London.

    'Economical with the truth'

    In his best selling book, Memoirs of a British Agent published in the 1930s, Lockhart insisted that he had played no part either in attempts to kill Lenin or overthrow the Bolshevik government.

    Instead, he insisted that the maverick "Ace of Spies" Sidney Reilly was the man behind plans for a coup.

    Lockhart added that he had little to do with Reilly who some claimed was out of control.

    However, a letter written by Lockhart's son, Robin, has been discovered in archives in America. It suggests that his father was being rather economical with the truth:

    "If the question of my father's relationship with Reilly still exercises anyone's mind in the F.O., it is clear from his book Memoirs of a British Agent that once intervention in Russia had been decided on in 1918, he gave his active support to the counter-revolutionary movement with which, of course, Reilly was actively working.

    "My father has himself made it clear to me that he worked much more closely with Reilly than he had publicly indicated…"

    Whitehall 'pretence'

    The man who found that letter, Professor Robert Service, believes the only
    way to be sure of the truth would be to gain access to the rest of the files from the day.

    But, more than 90 years later, the British government continues to keep many of them secret. All, in Robert Service's view, to maintain the myth that Lockhart-style plots have not - nor ever would be - countenanced by London.

    "Britain today has a policy for its intelligence services that is openly averse to subverting foreign governments or assassinating foreign political leaders," he says.

    "My guess is that the thinking in Whitehall is that the pretence ought to be that this has always been the case. That the British have always been clean.

    "The British haven't always been clean. They have been as dirty as anyone else."
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    Your thoughts?

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    Highly plausible. Assassination is a favorite way of taking care of governmental problems both internal and external.
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    I very much doubt it, since Lenin had no proper control over Russia yet, till well after the first world war. There were still many factions who were fighting against each other, if so than all Britain had to do was not to betray the Monarchist. But as it was they supplied them with obsolete firearms and ammunition, and even betrayed them directly to the Bolsjewist, making sure Lenin would stay in power.

    Russia was no threat anymore to Germany after the communist coup in St. Petersburg.

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    Of course they did... the facts have been known for quite some time.

    I don't know why these things come up in the media from time to time.

    Also, Sidney Reilly wasn't a Russian, he was Jewish, and was recruited by British Intelligence while living in Brazil.

    He did a great service for Western Powers (all the while fattening his wallet), but sadly was murdered by his compatriots in the Kremlin.

    I'd have to say that Sidney really knew how to live.

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    Allied Intervention in Russia WWI

    Originally the U.S. was enthusiastic about the Bolshevik overthrow of the corrupt and incompetent Czarist Regime and what was viewed as a less than stable Ally when it came to Germany. There was an immediate turn around in thought when it was discovered that the Bolsheviks were not about to resume military actions on the Eastern Front against the Germans. So major loans and investments were made to the Cossacks and White Russians in the south to overthrow the Bolsheviks. Resulting in the Russian Civil War.

    In order to protect American property and interests, U.S. troops were dispatched to Archangel and Valdilovstok to protect and guard those interests. The British, however wanted those troops to help in destroying the Bolsheviks and reestablishing the Czarist Regime and getting Russia back into the War. Woodrow Wilson told the British in no uncertain terms that the American troops would not participate in any kind of Military operations, either for the Bolsheviks or Czarists, they were there only to guard U.S. property and Business Interests. U.S. intervention ended in 1918 and the Troops were shipped home.

    As for British actions, the use of assassination may have very well been on the table...

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    Another jewmasonic disinformation. Prior to 1914 Russia was enemy number one of the world jewry becouse of its self-defense from the jewish minority. Also, through most of XIXth century Russia was on the brink of war with Britain, who were waging cold war in central asia. You can find traces of it, in old prose of Kipling and terms like "the great game". War was very close in 1885, for example. British and american elites became even more hostile to Russia after "project of the century" - the building of transsiberian railroad which opened new markets of Asia to european commerce rendering british seafaring trade useless. A response was first financing japanese agression against Russia in 1905 and then duping Russsia into false alliance (entente) and setting her against Germany (who was target no2 of the jewry) while preparing the jewish revolution inside. Lenin and his murderers were all financed, coddled and supported with intelligence by anglosaxon jew elites and achieved victory in Russia only becouse of them. There are many accounts of white russians who accused Britain and USA of treachery and de facto support of Lenin conspiracy. Fable tales that Britain may wanted to assasinate its own conspirator, are for fools.

    For those interested further there's very good article on anglosaxon subverting of russian POWs in Japan: Travis F. "The Kennan-Russell Anti-Tsarist Propaganda Campaign among Russian Prisoners of War" The Russian Review. 1981. July. Vol.40. №3. P.263–277

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    '''This part of your post makes no sense: anglo saxon jew elites

    This part does: For those interested further there's very good article on anglo saxon subverting (wharbrgrrrbrrl deleted).

    Deal with it... the Anglo Saxon powers and the Teuton had a civil war... the Anglo Saxons won (three times! 1871, 1918, 1945), but sadly, there are no more Anglo Saxon Powers...

    So nobody won.... not you, not us.... your loss is the same as ours.

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    It makes perfect sense, as jews were the social elite of Britain since XVIIth century and in USA since 1890s. The Grand Kahal resided in London to 1916 (then it moved to New York) and from there manipulated world finances. Also I don't recall anglosaxon powers winning with Germany in 1871

    About jewish social elite in Britain: Daniel Gutwein "The Divided Elite: Economics, Politics and Anglo-Jewry 1882-1917" 1992

    American historical knowledge...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schattenjäger View Post
    American historical knowledge...
    I might deserve that for the way I wrote that post... truth is most Americans have no historical knowledge (by design), that's actually not the case for me.


    Quote Originally Posted by Schattenjäger View Post
    It makes perfect sense, as jews were the social elite of Britain since XVIIth century and in USA since 1890s.
    I don't know about the UK, but in the US in the late 19th century and the first half of the 20th, Jews were not welcome in top level managment at most companies and most Universities had strict quota to limit the number of Jews that could attend.

    Doesn't sound like an elite to me.

    They did prosper in banking, however.

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    Hey that's ok I actually encountered many Americans with very good knowledge of history... sadly marxists subverted US public schools to be an indoctrination theatre to dumb down people, in order to biologically extinct them later.

    As for jewry's influence on american society, it was huge already in 1930s. Jews owned 100% of press, movie industry and radio stations. Most of popular culture like comics, dime novels, radio programs which fed ordinary Americans, was produced by jews.

    It was then only a matter of time, before they moved in to take other territories.

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