Liberation can only be possible if Bolsheviks seize power.
Probably the respectable appearance of reputable Swedish comrades has made us wish that Ilyich looked like a person. We were trying to persuade him to at least buy new boots. He left in highlander boots with huge nails.
We pointed out to him that if it was all right to spoil with these boots the sidewalks of vulgar towns of bourgeois Switzerland, then conscience should prohibit him to go to Petrograd with these instruments of destruction, where maybe there are no more sidewalks. I went with Ilyich to a Stockholm department store, accompanied by a Jewish worker, Khavin, who was knowledgeable about local customs. We bought Ilyich boots and began to tempt him with other wardrobe items. He defended himself as he could, asking us if we thought that he was planning to open a clothing shop upon his return to Petrograd, but we managed to persuade him and outfitted him with a pair of trousers, which I, having arrived to Piter in October, found him wearing, despite the rather formless appearance they have acquired under the influence of the Russian revolution.
In Berlin, the platform at which the train stopped was cordoned off by plain-clothes operatives. We travelled in this way as far as Sassnitz, where we boarded a steamer. There, we were given instructions to carry out the usual formalities and fill out forms. Ilyich saw this as a cunning ruse by the enemy, and ordered us to sign our names using various pseudonyms, which later led to a comical misunderstanding. See more
The radio on the steamer received a query from Trelleborg, enquiring if there was a Mr Ulyanov on board the steamer. It was our comrade Ganetsky, who had been waiting for us at a port in Sweden for several days, and who had managed to get permission to use the government radio by impersonating a representative of the Russian Red Cross. The captain knew from the forms that there was no Ulyanov on board, but asked in any case, if, by chance, there was a Mr Ulyanov among us. Ilyich looked uncomfortably about him for some time, and eventually admitted that he was Ulyanov. Following this, Ganetsky had notification that we were on our way.
So, we have started out. We have arrived on a Swiss train into Schaffhausen where we needed to transfer to a German train. German officers were expecting us. They showed us to the customs hall, where they needed to count the number of “live” shells that they were transporting to Russia. According to our deal, they could not ask us for the passports. Thus, at customs women and men were separated on both sides of the table, so that on our way, no one took flight or switched a Russian revolutionary for a German girl and left an embryo of the revolution in Germany. See more
Smokers and non-smokers were constantly fighting over the same space in the carriage. We did not smoke in the compartment because of small Robert and Ilyich, who was bothered by smoking. So smokers were trying to set up a smoking room in a space that usually served other purposes. Therefore there were constant crowding of people and arguments. Then Ilyich cut up a piece of paper and distributed out the passes. For three indents of one category, for three tickets of Category A, provided for those using the space lawfully, there was 1 ticket for smokers. This caused arguments about which human needs have more value, and we regretted very much that comrade Bukharin was not with us, who was a specialist on the Böhm von Bawerk’s theory of marginal utility.
The Germans, who have hoped that we Bolsheviks will perform the role of those opposed to the war, have agreed to our terms.