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Editor says, what if the British Secret Service overthrew the Bolsheviks? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Generals thread.
In 1918,on this day a prominent member of the Bolshevik Central Committee the Georgian "man of steel" Joseph Vissarionovich Jughashvili (pictured) was assassinated by British agent Oswald Rayner and the same members of the British Secret Intelligence Service that murdered Grigory Rasputin thirteen months before.
Stalin AssassinatedBoth strikes had been called by service head Mansfield Cumming (better known to co-workers as "C") to keep Russian Forces engaged in the Great War.
During 1916, the Tsar had been acting as Commander-in-Chief. Away from the Russian Capital, British Government feared that in his absence Rasputin would appeal to the Tsarina's German ancestry to call a truce. Thirteen months later, the Tsar had abdicated and the Bolsheviks had negotiated such a truce, leading to the prospect of the Western Allies facing the full brunt of the German Armies. By 1918, the resumption of hostilities required the displacement of the Bolsheviks in favour of the Socialist Revolutions. Even before Stalin was dead, advanced plans to assassinate both Lenin and Trotskey were being organized by Rayner.
Editor says, in this article we repurpose content from the Daily Mail and io9 which claims - The British Secret Intelligence Service did not stop with Rasputin. Cummings ordered an agent to kill future Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin in 1918. Joseph Stalin desired to make peace with Germany, once again creating a problem for Great Britain. Cummings fired the agent for refusing the assignment. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.