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(1920) [MARC] Author: Anatolij Nekljudov - Tema: War, Russia
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M. Struve was quite as interesting and useful as the
perusal of his reports.

Another political refugee passed through Stockholm
quite at the beginning of the war. This was the celebrated
Burtzeff, the counter-spy of the Revolution. He was
sufficiently ingenuous to return to Russia, and offer his
services to the allied cause. He was promptly locked
up. It was obvious that the men who had supreme
power in the administration of Russia at that moment
could not allow a man to be at large whose doings were
particularly unpleasant to them and who knew so much;
one can hardly blame them. But all the same it would
have been more dignified and more honest to close the
frontier to Burtzeff or to send him abroad, than to
respond to his fine act and his honest proposals by
putting him in prison.

Throughout the war Stockholm was the meeting-place
of a considerable number of Poles. The Scandinavian
countries offered the only ground where Russian Poles
could meet their kin of Austria and Prussia, and
Stockholm was the nearest place to Russia and also the
one for which the Germans were the most willing to
issue permits. Hence the hotels of the Swedish capital
received many Poles, mostly landed proprietors of noble

I had never associated much with Polish society.
This afforded me an opportunity, by which I willingly
profited, of getting to know it better, all the more
because the manifesto of the Grand-Duke
Commander-in-Chief made our mutual relations far easier and more
natural. My memories of these relations are essentially
pleasant ones. I became better acquainted with people
amongst whom the love of their country—the religion
of their country, I ought to say—surpassed all other
sentiment, and served as fountain-head to their work,
their mentality, their sentimental existence even. The
very natural result of this state of mind was a marked
development of the political sense, and I would even say

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