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(1923) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen - Tema: Russia
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Whether or not one strongly disagrees with the
present administration of Russia, it must at any rate
be admitted that the way in which Russian
conditions generally are discussed in a large section of
the Press in West Europe betrays, on the whole,
little understanding, or what is worse, little desire
to understand.

When one endeavours to form an objective
opinion about what is happening in Russia, one
presumably ought first and foremost to secure
reliable information about it, and not to depend
on mere idle rumours. Moreover, one ought not
to forget that the present administration is founded
on a revolution, and that after all revolutionary
methods in most countries are less lenient than
those of ordinary peace-time. One may, perhaps,
condemn on good grounds all revolutions, as being
an unreliable and too expensive method of
reforming the community; but we should bear in
mind that the contemporary organisation of Society
in a very considerable number of the States of
Europe—France, Germany, Italy, Hungary,

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