Did Britain Try to Assassinate Lenin?

BBC Source

According to Thomson Presenter of BBC Radio 4, new evidence has surfaced showing there was a plot by Britain to assassinate Bolshevik revolutionary Vladimir Lenin. There has been suspicions of such an attempt in the past, known as the “Lockhart plot”, but it has always been dismissed as Soviet propaganda.

Robert Bruce Lockhart was a vocal opponent of the Bolsheviks. Nearing the end of World War I Russia’s new Bolshevik government was trying to work out a peace deal with Germany in order to withdraw its troops from the war. This was one of the major policies Lenin promoted that the people supported.

The problem was that this went against British interests. Any such deal would allow Germany to take the troops fighting Russia and reinforce its Western front against Britain. In order to try and prevent this from happening, London sent Lockhart to Moscow in order to convince the Russians to get back into the war on the side of the Allies.

Originally Lockhart and London were optimistic about getting the Russians back in the war, but their hopes were dashed when the Soviets signed the Brest-Litovsk treaty. Unable to accept defeat, Lockhart sent communications to London asking for money to fund anti-Bolshevik organizations in Moscow.

A letter has been found suggesting this to be true. A letter marked “urgent”, was sent from the Foreign Office to the Treasury:

“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.”

Britain did decide to send a small group of military forces to Archangel in northern Russia on the pretext of stopping thousands of tonnes of British military equipment, supplied to the Russians, from falling into German hands.

There were also documents from that time that show plans were created for having these troops work with 20,000 Latvian troops to attack the Bolsheviks. The BBC article details what happened next:

“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.”

To this day the British government has denied any involvement in the plot to assassinate Lenin. It also has denied ever being involved in destabilizing and over throwing governments or conducting political assassinations. This is however, something we know to be absolutely untrue.

New letters written by Lockhart’s son, Robin, has been discovered in archives in America. They contain passages which cast doubt on Lockhart’s (and London’s) claim of not being involved in the plot to assassinate Lenin.

Considering what went on with the “White Russians”, anti-communist fanatics supported by foreign governments and mercenaries, it is not hard to believe that London would try and remove Lenin if it served their purposes.

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