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(1920) [MARC] Author: Anatolij Nekljudov - Tema: War, Russia
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of Stockholm society who professed and paraded
Germanophile sentiments. But soon even these elements
became more discreet, more reticent; the unconventional
methods of the burschikos[1] German Minister ended by
shocking them; they decidedly preferred the aristocratic
good style of the Austro-Hungarian representative.

Not having at my disposal the means of
propaganda of the German Minister, and not being able, like
him, to rely on the popularity which the German name
enjoyed in Sweden, I carefully avoided any emulation
of von Lucius. The more he went about in Stockholm
society, the more reserve did I display with regard to
that society which was correct, polite but not much in
favour of anything Russian; the more he worried
and hustled the Swedish Government, the more I
endeavoured to be conciliatory and to guard against all
misunderstanding between this Government and that of
St. Petersburg. But before and above all I strove to
avoid, in my relations with M. Wallenberg, anything
that might seem to denote a lack of confidence in him.
In the course of my relations with the Swedish Foreign
Secretary I learnt to esteem his frankness as much as
his prudence, and to respect his word; moreover, our
pesonal relations, which began by being merely correct,
became more and more intimate and confidential.

When I review in my mind the subsequent phases of
my relations with the Swedes—official and political
personages, financiers and manufacturers, journalists and
authors—I can prove that towards the end of my stay in
Sweden a great many prejudices against Russia had
decreased in intensity, while new sympathies were being
aroused and fresh relations formed. Certain events, the
outcome of the world war, were of use to me, and I took
care to seize on these opportunities to do away with the
prejudices which had taken root in Sweden about the
supposed Russian peril.

[1] An untranslatable German expression: familiar; bumptious; free
and easy.

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