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(1923) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen - Tema: Russia
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In the foregoing chapters of this book I have
endeavoured to portray the economic conditions
of the country as objectively as possible. In order
correctly to judge of the part which the Russian
factor may play in restoring the equilibrium of
Europe, one should avoid, on the one hand, under
estimating its importance, while on the other hand
one should equally avoid nourishing any illusions
in regard to the present productivity and pur
chasing power of this vast land, occupying half of
Europe and a large part of Asia.
I am convinced that the resumption of normal
relations between Russia and other countries is
imperatively necessary for the prosperity of both.
But it would be most unfortunate were the new
economic connections to be based upon a mis
conception of the real condition of Russia’s trade,
industry and agriculture, transport and finance.
I have pointed out the unfortunate measures
and mistakes of the Soviet administration in a
way which has perhaps surprised those who know
the interest and sympathy with which I have
followed the Russian Government’s efforts to re

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