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(1923) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen - Tema: Russia
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EDUCATION 141
as they are of so many years’ war and social
upheaval. Leading professors who were not in
any agreement with the communist theories, and
who have suffered greatly during the revolution,
said to me when I last visited Mo,sicow; :
"Wc are not Bolsheviks ; from a theoretical
point of view we are opponents of the present
Government ; yet we believe that Russia’s economic
position is so grave that all political questions
ought to be relegated to a lower plane. We
therefore co-operate loyally with the Government
by continuing our university teaching, or by our
common work in the various commissariats . We
are convinced that in this we are doing our real
duty and working for the recovery of our country’s
prosperity."
It is to be hoped that this loyal co-operation
by non-communist elements will induce the Russian
authorities to give up favouring, in the schools
and universities, the professors and students who
are communists. But Russia is still rather far
from neutrality as regards tests of faith and politics
in her educational establishments ; though it should
be remembered that the same was true under the
Tsar. On the other hand it is only fair to
recognise that the Bolshevik revolution, even in
its most brutal periods, has shown comparative
moderation towards genuine men of learning,
compared to some other revolutions. They have
been given, more or less regularly, official food
rations, and have also received much help from
semi-official committees, such as Maxim Gorki’s.

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