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(1923) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen - Tema: Russia
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Prinkipo came to nothing on account of the
disinclination for peace shown by the anti-Bolshevik
Russians.

Knowing the scarcity which even then prevailed
in Russia, especially its large towns, I conferred
with Mr. Herbert Hoover in the spring of 1919
in Paris regarding what could be done to come to
the assistance of the Russian people.

We agreed that a proposal ought to be
submitted to the Supreme Council, for the formation
of an organisation to supply Russia with food
and other necessaries, against payment in the form
of whatever export-goods of value were available.
America was ready, through Mr. Hoover, to accord
the necessary credit in the form of goods for
starting the venture. The organisation would be
responsible for seeing that the goods imported
into Russia were distributed without political
prejudice of any kind whatever.

On April 3, 1919, I sent the following letter
to President Wilson, and similar letters to each
of the three members of the Supreme Council:

My dear Mr. President,

The present food situation in Russia, where hundreds
of thousands of people are dying monthly from sheer starvation
and disease, is one of the problems now uppermost in all
men’s minds. As it appears that no solution of this food
and disease question has so far been reached in any direction,
I would like to make a suggestion from a neutral point of
view for the alleviation of this gigantic misery, on purely
humanitarian grounds.

It would appear to me possible to organise a purely
humanitarian Commission for the provisioning of Russia,
the food-stuffs and medical supplies to be paid for perhaps

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