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(1931) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen Translator: Gerald C. Wheeler - Tema: Russia
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THROUGH THE CAUCASUS
While working to soften the dreadful consequences
of the great famine of 1921 and 1922 in Russia,
I met in Moscow Samursky, the president of the
Daghestan Republic. There was also great distress
there, and he besought me earnestly to go and see
the conditions and to help. I was hindered from
doing so, and could do no more than send some of
the most necessary medicine; I had now had a
telegram from him and his government sending me
a hearty invitation to come to Daghestan on my
way home. As there was nothing to hinder me,
I wired back that Quisling and I would be in
Vladikavkaz on Monday, July 6th.
Instead of taking the long railway journey round
the east of the Caucasus, first to Baku and so along
the coast of the Caspian Sea through Derbent to
Daghestan, wc wished to drive by motor-car along
the so-called Georgian military road right across
the Caucasian range.
Wc were now told many tales of the many
remarkable things that may happen on this road.
The year before, the mail-carrier had been shot
right beside the passenger, who had been robbed
of everything and left stripped to the skin on the
road. In the spring a passenger in the post-car
had- been so unlucky as to get a bullet through
both knees, so that he had been left wTith them stiff
ever since. These rugged mountain-folk in the

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