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.
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.
Lenin is hard at work growing his revolutionary movement from exile in Switzerland. He learns of the fall of the Czar in the February Revolution of 1917 and begins planning his return to Russia. He is given the difficult choice of accepting German help to get him to Russia.