THey had an interview with Gorbachev years later , he said that he was arrested and taken to a nice place , but still under arrest , he had an interesting comment about Russia in general as he was worried about what they were going to do to him at that time  ” In a country as big as ours , things can take a long time to get moving …..but once they do , its almost impossible to stop ” .

He was talking politically , but it seems true of other things as well there . in WW1 , once mobilization started , even the Tsar couldnt stop it ( he tried to , in the ” Willie / Nikki telegrams ) . In WW2 , once the Russian Steamroller got moving again , it literally rolled over the Germans in sheer numbers .