Russian Revolution

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April 16, 1917, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin arrived at Finland Station, Petrograd, and issued his “April Theses” calling for “All Power to the Soviets” and the overthrow of the Russian Provisional Government. The German government (aligned with the international bankers) permitted Lenin to cross Germany from Switzerland, via Sweden and Finland, to Petrograd in a sealed railway car so that he and his followers could return to Russia and join forces with Leon Trotsky following the outbreak of the Russian Revolution (February 1917).

The Provisional Government, a coalition between political factions that had forced the abdication of Czar Nicholas II of the house of Romanov in March 1917, was straddled between internal problems and commitments to foreign allies and lacked the cohesiveness necessary to maintain control of their new democratic state. Lenin rallied the Bolshevik Party around his call for armed insurrection and launched it on an organized propaganda campaign to secure the allegiance of the disgruntled masses. By the October Revolution of 1917, the Bolsheviks had won the support of the people and were able to wrest power from the Provisional Government, thereby ushering communism into Russia and ending the 1,000-year-old Russian monarchy.

On July 16, 1918, the Bolsheviks issued the order for the execution of the czar and his family. Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra, their four daughters and the czarevitch Alexis[1] were slaughtered in Yekaterinburg, western Siberia.

According to Prof. Antony Sutton in his book Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution, Western bankers aided and financed Lenin, Trotsky, and the Bolsheviks. This included a million-dollar contribution in December 1917 from William Boyce Thompson, then director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Without aid from the West, the fledgling Bolshevik government would have withered away.

For more information

See Antony Sutton, Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution (New Rochelle, N.Y.: Arlington House, 1974).


Pearls of Wisdom, vol. 25, no. 7, February 14, 1982.

Pearls of Wisdom, vol. 26, no. 34, August 21, 1983.

  1. The czarevitch Alexis was one of the incarnations of the ascended master Lanello.