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CHAPTER II
THE FLUCTUATING INTEREST IN
RUSSIA SHOWN BY FOREIGN COUNTRIES



It is important to note how up to the present
other countries have failed to investigate the
Russian problem from the point of view of general
European economics.

When the Versailles Treaty was made, the
Russian factor was entirely neglected. Not only
so, but did not its authors overlook, or at any
rate give the impression of overlooking, the
nearly three hundred thousand Russian war
prisoners who were still to be found round about
in Central and Western Europe?

I am compelled to add, however, that when
the Supreme Council at that time decided to
pursue the negative policy of the “sanitary
cordon” and the “blockade” in regard to Russia,
the explanation might be found quite as much in
the attitude of the Soviet Government and in the
attitude of the Russian emigrants and
anti-Bolshevik sections as in the feelings that the
other peoples of Europe cherished towards the
Bolshevik administration. It will be remembered
that the proposed meeting on the Island of

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