Germany Supplied $27,250,000 to Trotzky, Lenine and Other Bolshevik Agents of Berlin
Germany Supplied $27,250,000 to Trotzky, Lenine and Other Bolshevik Agents of BeriL Reichsbank Memorandum of January, lgjj Called for Big Credit in Stockholm Second Series of Secret Documents. By th Asseelatsd Press. WASHINGTON, Sept J8. The part played by the Gentian Imperial Bank in -financing the Russian Bol-sheviki movement, the care taken by the German military authorities to prevent spread among their own people of the Socialistic preaching of their Russian tools, and the plans laid for German control of Russia economically and financially during and after the war, feature the disclosures In the second installment of the sensational series of secret documents which the American Government is making public Copies of the documents, given out last night carry the file numbers of the Reichsbank or of the German General Staff, and in some instances notations by Lenine or Trotsky, the Bolshevik! leaders, now shown to have been in the pay of Germany since long before they overthrew Russia's new democratic Government and virtually turned the country-over to the Teutons. There are illuminating explanatory notes by Edgar Sisson, of the Committee on Public Information, who directed the Investigation which resulted in the disclosures. $25,000,000 Credit. One of the Reichsbank memoranda, dated last January, announces to the Commisar of Foreign Affairs (Lenine) that 50,000.000 rubles of gold (125.000,000) had been placed to the credit at Stockholm of the representatives of the commlsars to cover the cost of Red Guards and agitators. Another of a few days later tells of a credit of 5.000.000 rubles ($2,500,000) for the assistant naval commisar in the Far East, who was entrusted with the task of carrying off or destroying the great American and Japanese stores of war material at Vladivostok a scheme that probably was well under way when the landing of American and allied forces at Vladivostok ended the sway of the Bolshevik! there. A resolution adopted by the German commercial banks under the auspices of the Reichsbank, outlines an elaborate program for control of Russia by Germany and the barring of America and the allies from the Russian commercial and industrial field after the war. What has happened to this scheme is not definitely known, but it is suggested that it may be the subject of one of the secret sections of the German-Bolshevik treaty. Socialist Friends Betrayed. How Lenine and Trotzky were be-' traying their Socialist friends along with Russia is disclosed by a sharp note to Lenine from the Nachrichten Bureau demanding to know what steps he would take to make good his personal promise that Socialistic and agitational literature would not be circulated among German troops. Trotzky wrote on the margin "I ask to disuss it L. T." The concluding document of the installment is a German warning on Jan. 29 to Lenine that unknown agitators were circulating propaganda telling in advance of the plans of the BolishevikI to openly surrender to the Germans as they actually did later. Documents follow: Docupment No. 8. Reichsbank No. 2. Jan. 8. 13 IS. (Very Secret) To the Commisar of Foreign Affairs: Information has today been received by me from Stockholm that 50.000,000 rubles of gold has been transferred to be put at the disposal of the people's commissars. This credit has been supplied to the Russian Government in order to cover the cost of the keep of the Red Guards and agitators in the country. The Imperial Government considers it appropriate to remind the Soviet Of P.nnU t ; . . - . vy.jj wuniniui.siirs or tne necessity for increasing their propo-ganda in the country, as the antagonistic attitude of the south of Russia and Siberia to the existing Government is troubling the German Government It is of great importance to send experienced men everywhere in order to set up a uniform government. Representative of the Imperial Eank, Von Schantz. N"ote Members of the Red Guard were paid from 12 to 15 rubles a day whereas soldiers were paid hardly that number of kopecks. This letter shows where the money came from. The Bolshevik Government also required factory owners to pay regular wages to their workers while the latter served in the Red Guard. The notation on the letter Indicates that it was referred to Menshinski. he Financial Minister, whose expert counselor was the German. Von Toll Menshinski personally conducted the wrecking of the Russian banks, a maneuver that deprived all opponents of Bolshevism of their financial means of warfare. It was a classic ob of destruction, done in the name of reconstruction. Document No. 13. (The counter efpiontge with the Stavks, No. 311, special section. Jan. 29. 1918.) (A warning.) To the Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars: The counter espionage at the Stavka advised that at the front is being spread by unknown agitators the following counter revolutionary literature: 1. The text of circulars of various German Government institutions, with proofs of the connection of the German Government with the Bolshevik workers before the passing of the Government Into their hands These leaflets have reached also the German commanders. The supreme commander has received a demand from Gen. Hoffman to stop this fa gerous agitation by all mum po ble. 2. A stenographic report cf conversation of Gen. Hoffman , Comrade Trotzky, whereby it j, posedly was proposed to the Utter! make peace on conditions of jm erable concessions on the part of t! Central Empires, but on the eb!k tion of the Russian Government stop the socialization of the life the state. Comrade Trotzky mi posedly offers the termination of tl war without peace and the demob Ization of our army. When c Hoffman announced that the G mans would continue the advtm Trotzky supposedly replied: Thi under the pressure of force, we thi be obliged to make peace and ful; all demands." This document has created inl nation among the troops. Anii the Council of reople's Comrataa are heard cruel accusations Car missar S. Kalmanovlch. liTttcr or Wanting. Note This letter is a warnini the slow-rising but coming to that will sweep these boldest pint or history from the country th temporarily have stolen. To let real understanding of the rneani of the second and most Import section of the letter. It must pointed out that until Feb. i, t Russian calendar was 13 days hind the Western European ctl car. The real date of this leu therefore. Is Feb. 10. This is t date Trotzky's "no peace, no wi pronouncement was made at Bre Litovsk. The news of it did not ret even Petrograd until the next 4 Yet, on that day printed clrculi were being distributed at the fn stating that Trotzky had agreed to the very thing he did do, and gtvl an augury of events that did ti place a week later when Gernu did begin its advance, and when I Bolshevfkl did fulfill all deman The fact is that simple truth wail Ing told. Nor is the means by wh it was obtained at all obscure. Sic ful and daring Russians had foum means to get Information fn Brest-Litovsk. ' Document N'o. II. (Reichsbank, No. 12.378, Cerl Dec. 28. 1917.) Resolution of conference of repi sentatlves of the German commerc banks, convened on proposal of t German delegation at Petrogrtd the management of the Imper Bank, to discuss the resolution of t Rhlne-Westphalian Industrial Syc cate and Handelstag. 1. All loans are canceled. bonds of which are in the hands German, Austrian. Bulgarian a Turkish holders, but payment mi be realized by the Russian Treasi in the course of a 12 months' te after the conclusion of sepan peace. 2. The purchase is permitted of Russian securities and dlvidM bearing paper by the representatii of the German banks at the rats the day on the open market 3. After the conclusion of se part peace, on the expiration of 90 da: there are re-established all t shares of private railway companl metalurgJeal industries, oil comp nies and pharmaceutical works. Tl ratings of such papers will be m by 'the German and Austrian slcx exchanges. 4. There are banished and for ft years from date of signing peace a not to be allowed English, Prem and American capital In the folio' Ing industries: Coal, metallurgy machine building, oil, chemical ai pharmaceutical. 5. In the question of developme in Russia of coal, oil and metalla gical branches of Industry ther U be established a supreme advlaoi organ, consisting of 10 Russian ap ciallsts. 10 from the German Indu trial organizations and the Cenw and Austrian banks. "lluaa Must Not InterfcTe." 6. The Russian Government ma not interfere In the region of U tlons connected with the transfer' the benefit of Germany of two ml' ing districts in Poland Pombrosl and OlkUshky and to Austria of t! oil region of Galicla. The traaaf of the latter will be only In the tor of limitations of the right of makli claims, land allotments and appl cation of capital for the productK and refining of oil. 7. Germany and AustrU enjoy U unlimited rrivilepe of sending l Russian mechanics and qualifi workmen. 8. Other foreign mechanic a workmen during the five years aft the conclusion of peace between F.u ia and Germany are rot to be 1 lowed to enter at all. 9. The statistical department producing and manufacturing lnd tries, wtih the corresponding C ernment organ, muM te control by German specialists. 10. Private banks in Russia arl only with the consent and aeeoroli to the plan of the union of Grt& and Austrian banks, whereby t ralng of the stocks of tho baokf all exchanges of the New and O World will hm handled by tho tT0' of tho Deutsche Bank. 11. At the ports of rtroc Archangel. Odessa.. Vladivostok ai Batum will b established, under V leadership of specialists from O many, special atatutlcal oconoa committees. r'irlng ths first elbt monies ' ltf. the rst-rtra?h rln'4 J tal or "Wants" Is 3S more tr.i t KOrrt other fu LojIs newips?1 combined.