A fellow soldier saved Maria's life. He had served with her in the 25th Tomsk Reserve Battalion of the Imperial Russian Army, during 1915.
Now a Bolshevik, the unnamed man spoke out about her courage and worth to the revolutionary army. He must have been persuasive, as he was able to escort her from the death cell and lead her away from the Red headquarters.
Nevertheless, it was obvious that Maria's life was in danger for as long as she remained in Russia. Together with her advocate, she petitioned for an external passport, which was actually granted. She then fled to Vladivostok, where she was able to board a steamship destined for the United States of America.
Upon arriving in San Francisco, Maria saw her course clearly ahead of her. She needed to speak with the President, as soon as possible. Most Americans would be forgiven for chuckling at the very thought, but they hadn't met Maria Bochkareva before. If this peasant woman could correspond with Tsar Nicholas II, and persuade Alexander Kerensky to allow a female war battalion, then knocking on the door of the White House was nothing.
She soon made her way to Washington D.C., whereupon her attempts to gain an audience with Woodrow Wilson came to nothing.
However, she did make the acquaintance of a wealthy socialite named Florence Harriman, who was quite charmed by the remarkable Russian female commander. (It will probably come as no surprise to learn that Florence was a leading Suffragist.) Through her connections, another bid was placed for Maria to meet with the president.
On July 10th 1918, President Woodrow Wilson found himself welcoming Commander Maria Bochkareva into the Oval Office. He ended up promising her that he would do what he could to intervene with the situation in Russia.
She then traveled to New York, where an exiled Russian journalist named Isaac Don Levine had her dictate her life story. This became the foundation of her autobiography. But Maria wasn't prepared to hang about. She had another world leader in her sights.
After boarding a ship to Great Britain, Maria somehow wrangled a meeting with King George V. The British monarch equally found himself under oath to help save Russia from the Bolsheviks.
But Maria Bochkareva was convinced that Russia needed one more thing to help it. Her.