Bullet for Browning pistol, Caliber 6.30-6.39 (medium), with which V. I. Lenin was wounded on August 30, 1918
The bullet extraction act and the bullet attached to it are inseparable.
These are bullets and Browning, from which the Socialist-Revolutionary Fanny Kaplan shot at Lenin. One of the bullets was extracted during the operation by surgeon Borhard at the Botkin hospital. The second bullet was extracted after Lenin’s death during the autopsy. The assassination attempt on Vladimir Ilyich is described in detail in the materials of the trial of the Socialist-Revolutionaries in 1922. The investigation confirmed that the terrorist Fanny Kaplan attempted the life of the leader of the revolution, that the bullets in her Browning were jagged, as a result of which they were bursting, that they were poisoned by a strong nerve poison “curare”. The investigation showed that the bullets were poisoned by the head of the Central Flying Combat Detachment of the Socialist-Revolutionary Party, the leader of the terrorist group, Semyonov (Vasilyev). It was established that the poisoning of bullets was carried out at the safe house of the Social Revolutionaries in Moscow, in Syromyatniki. So, the investigation materials say: “Semyonov cut the bullets with a penknife and sprinkled them with some kind of powder… The bullets were poisoned with curare poison…. Semyonov confirms that he personally poisoned the bullets at the apartment of Fedorov (Kozlov). Three bullets were poisoned in each revolver.” The poison “curare” affects on nerve endings that transmit movement. A person or animal poisoned by this poison is paralyzed and unable to move. The composition of this poison is little known, so some varieties of the commercial “curare” are sometimes very weak. Most likely, the poison had no effect on Lenin. The memories of the doctors Obukh and Weisbrod, who treated Lenin, have survived: “The fact that Vladimir Ilyich escaped the lethal effect of poison, according to experts, is explained by the heating of the bullet and the deterioration of poison at the moment of the shot or the decomposition of poison due to its long storage.”