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(1923) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen - Tema: Russia
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AGRICULTURE 109
damage done by the susliks all over Russia last
year at about 900 million gold roubles, and
wherever they had ravaged, only a mere fraction of
the crop was saved.
The campaign against these destructive creatures
will be carried on, and the Russian Government
has voted considerable sums for that purpose in
1923, but it is not sufficient, and even the most
fruitful regions of the Southern Volga, which have
hitherto been free from them, are now threatened.
The above will show that the Russian farmer
has on all hands great difficulties and enemies of
several kinds to fight against ; his life is not an
easy one.
What is the significance of the measures taken
by the Russian Government in order to restore
agricultural prosperity? What stage do these
measures mark in the social development of Russia?
And lastly, in what way can foreign nations
participate in this work of fostering the agriculture
of Russia? These are questions with which I
propose to deal in my next chapter.
It is well worth while to study closely the con
ditions under which European and Asiatic Russia’s
hundred million peasants exist. To bring fresh life
to the vast Russian and Siberian steppes, to restore
relations between the great peasant populations
of the East and the over-industrialised nations
of Central and West Europe, would obviously affect
the international economic equilibrium in a manner
needing no demonstration.

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