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(1923) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen - Tema: Russia
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EDUCATION 139
poorest and especially those who are communists.
In January, 1923, hardly one-third of the 120,000
students estimated to be found in Russia were
receiving government rations, which are utterly
insufficient, Moreover, quite high’ entrance fees
have recently been reintroduced.
The international organisation for European
Student Relief, which works with my organisation
in Russia, has given valuable help to the Russian
students : its representatives at the various uni
versities have opened dining-rooms with daily meals
for 30,000 students. It also does its best to
supply them with scientific books. When one has
seen these hornes at the time when the students
floek in for meals, and observed the happy ex
pression on the faces of thousands of promising
young men and women, one cannot but feel that
a more satisfactory and important form of relief
would be hard to find.
The fact that a large organisation of foreign
students, whose political and religious ideas are
to a large extent entirely opposed to the Soviet
theories, has evinced such generous understanding
of the great duties of international solidarity, in
spires one with hope that the coming generation
will be characterised by tolerance and a desire for
peaceable work.
As for the Russian professors, their salaries are
beggarly, and they are without the most necessary
literary and scientific aids to study : books,
foreign publications, laboratory apparatus and in
struments, etc. Their position was particularly

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