By Yuri Felshtinsky
What used to be the true influence and importance of the October Revolution of 1917? This avowedly revisionist interpretation by means of an important Russian dissident seeks to put Lenin and people round him within the right standpoint. because the takeover of Russia used to be the results of a coup d’état via a tiny minority of criminals that Yuri Felshtinsky doesn’t hesitate to name gangsters, the Communist regime was once doomed from the start.
Yuri Felshtinsky obtained a PhD in historical past from Rutgers collage. His books comprise The Failure of the realm Revolution (1991), Blowing up Russia (with Alexander Litvinenko, 2007), and The company: Russia and the KGB within the Age of President Putin (with Vladimir Pribylovsky, 2008). He lives close to Boston, Massachusetts.
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Evidently, an individual who had overwhelmed up and arrested Dzerzhinsky on July 6 might have been published from detention center in basic terms by way of Dzerzhinsky himself. On September 2, 1919, the Cheka got a “top mystery” record from Goryachev, a Chekist who claimed that he had “heard citizen Neyman say sure Zinaida Legonkaya had taken half within the assassination try out, and that during truth this Legonkaya had allegedly performed the capturing. ” This was once the exact same “Chekist-scout” who had followed Popova to the Lubyanka within the pink go truck. accordingly, on September eleven the Cheka issued an order—order No. 653—to arrest and seek Maria Fedorovna Neyman and Zinaida Ivanovna Legonkaya. On September 24, 1919, Legonkaya was once interrogated (Neyman’s interrogation isn't really within the Kaplan dossier) via the pinnacle of the Cheka’s precise division. She indicated that she were a celebration member when you consider that 1917, that in the October Revolution she had served as an intelligence officer for the Zamoskvoretsky army commissariat, and that during October-November 1918 she had labored “behind enemy strains. ” within the concluding paragraph of her testimony, Legonkaya indicated that she had searched Kaplan and located “in her briefcase a Browning gun, a workstation with pages lacking, cigarettes, a educate price tag, needles, pins, and numerous trifles. ” This testimony has to be characterised as sensationalistic, because it comprises the 1st point out of a Browning discovered on Kaplan’s individual. it really is both visible that Legonkaya used to be now not telling the reality. the result of the hunt, which was once performed on the Zamoskvoretsky commissariat by way of 3 women—Legonkaya, D. Bem, and Zinaida Udotova—are renowned to us from the recorded testimony of Bem and Udotova, given on August 30, 1918. Zinaida Udotova testified: throughout the seek, we undressed Kaplan thoroughly and tested all of her issues in minutest element. We held up hems and seams to the sunshine; each fold was once smoothed out. Her footwear have been meticulously tested; the insoles have been got rid of; the liner was once became inside of out. each one merchandise used to be inspected or 3 times. Her hair was once combed and smoothed out. yet regardless of the thoroughness of the hunt, not anything used to be came upon. She dressed partially via herself, partially with our information. roughly a similar factor was once mentioned in her testimony on August 31, 1918, by way of Legonkaya herself: in the course of the seek, on Comrade Dyakonov’s orders I stood by means of the door with a revolver on the prepared. i didn't contact her issues in any respect and merely watched Kaplan’s hand routine. the hunt used to be thorough, even the hems and seams have been tested; the footgear was once tested at the within and the liner was once became inside of out. Her hair used to be combed; her bare physique used to be additionally tested, among her legs, less than her palms. yet regardless of all of this thoroughness, not anything was once chanced on. She dressed in part by way of herself, partially with aid from us. The goods came across on Kaplan incorporated: a educate price tag to Tomlino, needles, 8 hairpins, cigarettes, a brooch—all different types of trifles. “Nothing else used to be stumbled on on Kaplan,” Bem testified.