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(1923) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen - Tema: Russia
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62 RUSSIA AND PEACE
kept in order, and with the advent of increased
economic activity it can augment its services.: :
Russia is a convalescent, her life is still that
of a patient. As the wounded organs heal and
begin to act normally the blood will again begin
to circulate more rapidly in her veins.
There was one special direction in which
Dzershinsky said that his department wished for
a regular connection with foreign countries. The
Russian technique of transport is rather far behind
the technique of America and Western Europe.
The Commissariat for the System of Communi
cations would therefore very much like to send
engineers abroad to study the transport problem.
" Unfortunately," said Dzershinsky, "- this plan has
hitherto not been realised to any extent, on account
of the difficulties raised against the entry of
Russians into the countries which interest us."
I believe steps have already been taken to carry
out this plan, and I do not doubt that the result
will be excellent both for Russia and for the
countries which agree to co -operate with the
Russian engineers in this purely technical and
economic field.
In spite of the great difficulties that the railway
administration has had to combat on account of
lack of credit, Dzershinsky is nevertheless personally
against allowing foreign capital to take a direct
share in the Russian system of communications.
His real opinion is that an increase of the
activities of the railways must follow upon the
development of agriculture and industry, and

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