German Money Paid Russian Agitators: Secret Documents Show How Bolsheviki Turned County Over To Prus
is a private-i.. resolu-tions a n in to of the council passed it on for action; and that Trotfky and Lenine on February 27 were continuing to hamper the Russian commander at a moment- when the German, army was threatening Petrograd. Mosholov'was one of the commissar on the staff of Krilenko, the commissar representing the Council of Commissars in the comman r ..the Russian military forces. HL5 aTevements as a dis-prganizer were notable. This letter indicates that he had the confidence of Germany. Have original letter. Stemming Propaganda DOCUMENT NO. 13. ' (Gr. General Staff. Xsichri-bten Bureau, section R. No. 7-V. rh. 25.) -I-T- ' 1 T" T.""T"' v xvrwx &CAxvr-..A To the Chairman of Ihe Council of People's Commissars: Acoording to reports of our secret service in the detachments operating against the German troops and against the Austrian Ukrainian corps, there has been discovered propaganda for a " national rising and a struggle with the Germans and their allies, the Ukrainians. I ask you to inform me what has been done by the government to stop this harmful agitation. For the head of the department, R. Bauer; adjutant, II enrich. Note. Across the top is written ''Urgent to the Commissars of War and Special staff. M. Skripnik." The last sentence is underscored, and in the margin appears a question marked,- initialed "L. T." The first is Lenine's order through his secretary and the second may possibly be taken as Trotzky's opposition to any action. The loss of the Ukraine by counter-German intrigue was a sore point in prestige with him. But his essential obedience to Germany was not lessened. , Have original letter. ' . - Trotzky Gets Call Down , DOCUMENT NO.. 14. . (G. G. S.v Nachricbten Bureau. Section" ' If. No. 278.611, I1. 7.) - To the Commissar of Foreign Affairs,: According to information of the .secret service department it has been ascer' tained that the promise given personally by you, Mr. Commissar, in Brest-Litovgk, that socialistic agitational literature would not be circulated among the German troops is not being fulfilled. Tell me what steps-will be taken in this matter. For the head of the department, R. Bauer; adjutant, Henrich. NOTE Brusque words to the foreign minister of the Soviet government of Workmen Soldiers and Sailors of the Russian Republic, delivered not by an equal in official rank, but by the deputy of a German major at th head of an information department ot the German Government. Did Trotzky resent or deny the imputation? Instead he yv-rote with his own hand in the margin "I ask to discuss it L. T," Thus he admits that he did give the promise at Brest-Litovsk. The question raised concerns only the measure of obedience to be required. Have original letter. Storm Warnings DOCUMENT NO. 15. (The counterespionage with the Stavka, No. 311, special section, Jan, 29, 1918) A Warning To the chairman of the Council of People's Commissars: The counterespionage at the Stavka advises that at the front is being spread by unknown agitators the following counterrevolutionary 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 gov ernment into their hands. These leaflets have reached also the German commanders. "The supreme comamnder has received a demand from Gen. Hoffman to stop this dangerous agitation by all means possible, 2. A stenographic report of the conversation of Gen. Hoffman with Comrade Trotzky, whereby it was supposedly proposed to the - latter to make peace on conditions of considerable in-cessions on the part of the Central Empires, but on the obligation of the Russian Government to stop the socialization of the life of the state. Comrade Trotsdcy supposedly offered the termination of the war without peace and the demobilization . of our army. When Gen. Hoffman announced that the Germans would continue the advance, Trotzky supposedly replied "Then under the pressure of force we snail be forced to make peace and fulfill all demands." . . This document has Created indignation among the troops. Against the t Council of l'eople's Commissars are heard cruel accusations. Commissar S. Kalmanovich. Note. This letter is a warning of the slow rising but coming storm that will sweep these boldest pirates of history from the country they have temporarily stolen. To get a real understanding oi the meaning of the second, and important section of the letter, . it must be pointed out that until February 1, the Russian calendar was 13 days behind the Western European calendar. The real date of this letter, therefore, is February 10. This is the date Trotzky's No peace;no war" pronouncement was made at Brest-Litovsk. The news of it did Tnt i-Prh even Petrozrad until the next day. Yet on that day printed circulars were being distributed at the front stat ing that Trotzky had agreed to do me ra-i- iiinnr lio did Hn. and civinir an ausr- ury of events that did take place a week . later when Germany did Degin its advance and when the Bolsheviks did fulfill all demands. The fact is that simple truth was being told. Nor is the means by which it was secured at all obscure. A few daring and skillful Russians had found a means to get information from Brest-Litovsk. The circulars referred to in the first paragraph are of course those already lamihar to Washington from February dispatches. The following naive comment adds to the attractiveness of the letter, "The committee for combatting the counterrevolution states that these circulars were sent from the Don, and the stenographic report was seized in transmission from Kieff. Its origin is undoubtedly Austrian or from the Rada. M. Skripnik." Have photograph of letter.