Copenhagen| Construction workers working on the renovation of the basement of an old warehouse in the Danish capital, have discovered many boxes of documents dating from 1917 and 1918, that allegedly confirm that Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known as Lenin, would have been for many years an active agent of the German Secret Service. The files are linked to the Handels og-Eksport Kompagniet, an import-export company that was used as a front organization by the Bolsheviks before and during the revolution, and which presumably served to enable the transfer of German funds, weapons and supplies to the Bolsheviks.
The workers were attempting to consolidate a heavily damaged brick wall in the basement of an 19th century warehouse situated at the 73 Amaliegade, in the district of Frederiksstaden,when they noticed a hidden room behind the brick, holding a large safe. Expert locksmiths intervened to open the safe, and revealed 20 000 Imperial German Reichsmarks, as well as thousands of documents linked to the former shipping company and the Imperial German Secret Service.
Realizing the possible historical value of their find, the workers contacted the archaeology department of the Aarhus Universitet, handing them the documents for research and preservation purposes. A team of specialists directed by Professor Arnbjrn Srensen, has read and analyzed the various papers and were astounded to realize that they dealt with Lenin and the Russian revolution.
All in all, a total of 32 537 different pieces of archive linked to the company were found on the site, including cargo and conveyance data, financial records, legal permits, business contracts and navigation logbooks. It is however the 321 documents linked to the German secret operations that have attracted by far the most attention.
Most of these papers carry orders emerging from German ambassador Hans Freiherr von Wangenheim, and are destined to two Russian agents codenamed der Bankier (the banker) and Maulwurf (the mole), which have been identified respectively as Alexander Parvus and Vladimir Lenin. According to these documents, Parvus would have served as Lenins liaison officer, transmitting him the orders and the material that came from the Germans through Jakob Furstenberg, Lenins most trusted agent who was also known by various aliases such as Hanecki, Kuba, or his Party name, Ganetsky.
An elaborate account of a meeting that took place between the Bolshevik leader, Parvus and Baron von Wangenheim on April 13 1917, during Lenins stopover in Stockholm, provides an incredible new perspective on the October revolution, as it now seems clear that the action was planned by the German military. The three men discuss the events to come and plan their course of action. The obvious aim of the operation was to disintegrate Russian resistance during the First World War by spreading revolutionary unrest. The documents show that Lenin was in fact an agent part of an elaborate three-point proposal: the infiltration of Bolshevik propaganda into Russia; an international press campaign against Czarism; organizing massive strikes under the slogan Freedom and Peace.
Several contemporary politicians had already alleged that Lenin worked for Germany, but without presenting any solid proof. Aleksandr Kerensky, Grigory Aleksinsky, and other Russian political opponents, had already accused the Bolsheviks, especially Leninof being Imperial German agents provocateurs, but presenting forged and inconclusive evidence. British prime minister Winston Churchill had also blamed the Germans for the the rise to power of the Bolsheviks, writing They transported Lenin in a sealed truck like a plague bacillus from Switzerland into Russia.
All the tests and analysis realized until now on the files and their content, have confirmed their authenticity and legitimacy. These new documents can therefore be considered as irrefutable proofs of Lenins link with the German Secret Service and the complicity of the German military in the Bolshevik revolution. Professor Srensen says he is conscious that these new facts will certainly create some controversy, but that that they are too important historically to be ignored.