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(1923) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen - Tema: Russia
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that your plan could be successfully carried into effect, and
we should be prepared to give it our full support.

        (Signed) V. E. Orlando
D. Lloyd George
Woodrow Wilson
G. Clemenceau.


On the same day (April 17) that I received
this reply I tried to send a wireless telegram to
Moscow, addressed to M. Nikolai Lenin, in which
I first repeated my letter to the Supreme Council,
then its answer as quoted above, and ended with
the following addition:

I would be glad to hear from you in this matter at your
earliest convenience.

I may add that the neutral organisation which I propose
offers its services in this cause without any remuneration
whatever, but of course its expenditures in the purchase
and transportation of supplies must be met by the Soviet
Government.

        Believe me, etc.

                Fridtjof Nansen.

It turned out, however, that there were
unexpected difficulties in the way of sending this
telegram to Russia. Although the four powerful
members of the Supreme Council had agreed to
the proposal to help Russia, several of their
Governments refused to allow the big wireless-stations,
which alone could transmit over such a long
distance, to send off the information to Moscow,
as they were not prepared to facilitate any
communication with a Government which was not
recognised. For a long time I tried in vain
in every conceivable way to get the telegram
dispatched.

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