Kaiser Wilhelm II faces the dilemma of deciding to sponsor Lenin's return to Russian. He is fearful of creating a "Bolshevik nemesis" but reluctantly tells his advisors to allow Lenin and his compatriots to travel through Germany from exile in Switzerland in order to destabilize Russia.
Vladimir Lenin meets with his life partner, Krupskaya, and discusses the role of the revolutionary party. He expounds his ideas on engagement with the common people and their needs in order to gain their trust. He believes that only with the confidence and power of the people will they be able to challenge the Czarist state in Russia.
Leon Trotsky criticizes his opponents in one of the most quoted speeches as the Bolsheviks consolidate power over the Petrograd Soviet and the Russian Revolution in general while modern experts weigh in.