In February 1917 occurred the real Russian Revolution. This came on the heels of the assassination of Grigori Rasputin on December 29, 1916. Before he died, Rasputin made a chilling prediction:
“I write and leave behind me this letter at St. Petersburg. I feel that I shall leave life before January 1…If I am killed by common assassins, and especially by my brothers the Russian peasants, you Tsar of Russia, have nothing to fear, remain on your throne and govern, and you, Russian Tsar, will have nothing to fear for your children, they will reign for hundreds of years in Russia…if it was your relations who have wrought my death, then no one in the family, that is to say, none of your children or relations, will remain alive for more than two years. They will be killed by the Russian people…” 
Rasputin was killed by Prince Felix Yusupov and other conspirators. Prince Yusupov was married to Princess Irina of Russia, the Tsar’s only niece, thereby making him a relation and apparently setting in motion the fulfillment of Rasputin’s prophecy. (Although I personally believe the Tsar and his family escaped. And yes, I know about the supposed “DNA evidence.”)
Rasputin made other predictions as well. Eleven pages of a top secret file containing documents written and signed by Rasputin reportedly came to light from the KGB archives. American political scientist David W. Norvalk deciphered some of them and found Rasputin had “predicted the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 and the assassination of Tsar Nicholas and his family. He anticipated the emergence and dominance of Hitler, [the] first moon landing and the collapse of the USSR”, said the researcher. “Soviet leaders kept these papers secret because Rasputin not only predicted the appearance of communism, but announced also its end,” said Norvalk. 
And so it was that, after Rasputin had been assassinated and the February 1917 Revolution had come, Vladimir Lenin found himself on a train in April 1917. Lenin was on his way to join up with Leon Trotsky, who was also scurrying to Russia. (Background: Naked Capitalists in Kiev, Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of April 25, 2014.)
Vladimir Lenin’s special train had to cross through Germany. His trans-Germany transit was approved, facilitated, and financed by the German General Staff. There was a war going on (First World War) and Germany was only too happy to help screw up the situation of her enemy, Russia. “God speed to you, Lenin!” cried the Germans as the train of the sinister Bolshevik sped through the night.
The German political officer who approved Lenin’s journey to Russia was Chancellor Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg. The transit instructions from Bethmann-Hollweg went through the state secretary Arthur Zimmermann. Earlier, in January 1917, this same Arthur Zimmerman had sent a telegram to Mexico, containing a diplomatic proposal for Mexico to ally with Germany if the United States entered World War I. The proposal was intercepted and decoded by British intelligence. Revelation of the contents outraged American public opinion and ironically helped propel the United States into a declaration of war against Germany in April 1917.  (War must be declared by the U.S. Congress. This means, for example, that we are not now at war with Russia.)
Germany wanted to direct and control revolutionaries such as Vladimir Lenin for its own purposes. It sought the dissolution of the existing power structure in Russia. But then things got out of hand and eventually there was a USSR and a Cold War. So too has the U.S. State Department used disreputable characters such as anti-Semites and neo-Nazis to further its secret purposes in Ukraine. It remains to be seen if the Right Sector genie can be put back in the bottle in Ukraine, now that the government of Viktor Yanukovych has been overthrown.
Leon Trotsky, besides Vladimir Lenin and associates, also had funds traceable to German sources. In Nova Scotia, Trotsky was found to have $10,000 in his possession. Back in 1917, $10,000 was a lot of money. The dollar was redeemable then for gold. The official U.S. Government gold price has changed only a few times from 1792 to the present. Starting at $19.75 per troy ounce, it was raised to $20.67 in 1834, and $35 in
1934. In 1972, the price was raised to $38 and then to $42.22 in 1973.  So let’s say $20 would be worth an ounce of gold in 1917. By my calculations then $10,000 dollars held by Leon Trotsky would buy 500 ounces of gold. (10000 / 20 = 500.) And 500 ounces of gold at today’s prices, around $1300 per ounce, means that Trotsky was carrying with him approximately $650,000 in today’s money! (Who says there’s no inflation?)
(Acknowledgement to Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution, by Antony Sutton.)
——- Sources ——-
 “Sorcerer for the Tsar”, http://www.castletower.org/rasputin.html
 “Mad Monk Rasputin Predicts End Of World Aug. 23, 2013”, http://beforeitsnews.com/paranormal/2013/08/mad-monk-rasputin-predicts-end-of-world-aug-23-2013-2455426.html
 “Zimmermann Telegram”, Wikipedia, April 25, 2014