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By Sean McMeekin

Historians have by no means resolved a principal secret of the Russian Revolution: How did the Bolsheviks, regardless of dealing with a global of enemies and leaving not anything yet financial disaster of their direction, be ready to remain in energy via 5 lengthy years of civil war?  during this penetrating booklet, Sean McMeekin attracts on formerly undiscovered fabrics from the Soviet Ministry of Finance and different eu and American records to reveal a few of the darkest secrets and techniques of Russia’s early days of communism. development on one archival revelation after one other, the writer finds how the Bolsheviks financed their aggression via astonishingly huge thievery. Their looting incorporated every thing from the money reductions of personal electorate to gold, silver, diamonds, jewellery, icons, antiques, and artwork.

 

By monitoring illicit Soviet monetary transactions throughout Europe, McMeekin exhibits how Lenin’s regime comprehensive history’s maximum heist among 1917 and 1922 and grew to become centuries of amassed wealth into the sinews of sophistication struggle. McMeekin additionally names names, introducing for the 1st time the compliant bankers, legal professionals, and middlemen who, for a value, helped the Bolsheviks launder their loot, impoverish Russia, and impose their brutal will on millions.

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