“The Wall Street project in Russia in 1917 used the Red Cross Mission as its operational vehicle.” So wrote Antony Sutton in his book, Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution.
Endowment for the Red Cross enterprise came from wealthy and prominent persons including J. P. Morgan, Mrs. E. H. Harriman, Cleveland H. Dodge, and Mrs. Russell Sage. 
The Red Cross was unable to cope with the demands of World War I and in effect was taken over by New York bankers. 
In August 1917 the American Red Cross Mission to Russia had only a nominal relationship with the American Red Cross, and must truly have been the most unusual Red Cross Mission in history. 
The mission arrived by train in Petrograd via Siberia in August 1917. The majority of the mission was made up of lawyers, financiers, and their assistants, from the New York financial district. 
“The American Red Cross Mission (or perhaps we should call it the Wall Street Mission to Russia) also employed three Russian-English interpreters: Captain Ilovaisky, a Russian Bolshevik; Boris Reinstein, a Russian-American, later secretary to Lenin, and the head of Karl Radek’s Bureau of International Revolutionary Propaganda, which also employed John Reed and Albert Rhys Williams; and Alexander Gumberg (alias Berg, real name Michael Gruzenberg), who was a brother of Zorin, a Bolshevik minister.” 
One William B. Thompson, head of the Wall Street “Red Cross” Mission to Russia, was in Petrograd from July until November 1917. He made a personal contribution of $1,000,000 to the Bolsheviki for the purpose of spreading their doctrine in Germany and Austria. 
So we can see from the above that “Red Cross” sometimes might not be what it seems. And so it was, on May 10, 2014, that Kiril Rudenko, deputy spokesman for the “People’s Republic of Donetsk”, said Red Cross workers had been detained because the dissidents thought they were spies. 
“The International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva said nine of its staff – four from Donetsk, four from Kiev and one from Switzerland – were held ‘for a few hours’ before being released apparently unharmed.” 
In the “People’s Republic of Donetsk” is a city called Mariupol. It has a population of about 500,000 people. On May 9, 2014, a surprise crackdown by the so-called “government” of Kiev terrified the people of Mariupol. There are conflicting reports about what happened, ranging from “Ukrainian military condemned for using force against pro-federalization activists and civilians”, to “an outbreak of violence caused by pro-Russia separatists.” (Background: Outrage In Mariupol, Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of May 10, 2014.)
In Mariupol, May 10th, the day after the crackdown, was declared a day of mourning. Reportedly, seven people were killed and 40 were wounded due to the May 9th battle, which coincided with Victory Day, a holiday celebrating the defeat of the Nazis in 1945. 
Hospitals confirmed that at least five people had died and 40 had been wounded, according to Anna Neistat of Human Rights Watch. Britain’s Guardian newspaper reports that eyewitnesses are saying local police in Mariupol had crossed over to the side of “separatists” and that both police and “separatists” had been attacked by the army sent in by Kiev.
A referendum is being held today, asking residents if they wish to create a “Donetsk People’s Republic”. The Kiev crackdown of May 9th has not helped public feeling about the so-called “government” in Kiev. Stated Nina Tuvayeva, a pensioner residing in Mariupol, “I wanted a united Ukraine, a country that would be like Switzerland or Belgium, but they don’t want that, so now our only hope is Russia. Ukraine is over.” 
——- Sources ——-
 Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution, by Antony Sutton.
 “Ukraine: pro-Russian protesters control streets of Mariupol on day after deadly fighting”, by David Blair, Mariupol, and AFP. Telegraph newspaper (U.K.), May 10, 2014
 “Ukraine’s Mariupol mourns victims of punitive operation held on Victory Day”, Pravda, May 10, 2014
 “Ukraine: deadly clashes in Mariupol as Vladimir Putin visits annexed Crimea”, by Shaun Walker in Mariupol, Alec Luhn in Sevastopol, and Howard Amos in Kiev. Guardian (U.K.), May 9, 2014