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(1923) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen - Tema: Russia
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was available regarding the real state of affairs
in Russia, and if the proposal detailed above met
with opposition in the form of Koltchak refusing
to suspend hostilities, the probability was that he
would be compelled to do so by the Government’s
refusal to give him any such support as he had
up to then enjoyed.

As it remained impossible to get the telegram
sent to Moscow, and as, moreover, the Norwegian
radio station was not yet ready to begin
communicating with Russia, I telegraphed requesting
the Norwegian Government for safety’s sake to
send a courier immediately to Russia with the
telegram; but not even he succeeded in getting
across the Russian frontier.

In my despair at being obliged to wait in
uncertainty while the precious time slipped by, I
returned from Paris to Norway intending, if
necessary, to go to Russia myself with the
telegram. Meanwhile, it had at last been safely
got off by wireless from Berlin, and when I
arrived in Norway I received the following reply
by wireless telegram, signed by Tchitcherin:

Sir,

Your very kind message of April 17th containing
your exchange of letters with the Council of Four reached us
only on May 4th by way of the Nas wireless station and was
at once given to the People’s Commissariat of Social Welfare
for thorough examination.

Wish in the name of the Russian Soviet Government to
convey to you our heartiest thanks for the warm interest
you manifest in the wellbeing of the Russian people. Great
are indeed the sufferings and privations inflicted upon the
Russian peoples by the inhuman blockade of the associated

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