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07 Февраля 2019
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A View on Soviet Russia from Abroad - 90 Years Ago

Источник фото: kommersant.ru
Источник фото: kommersant.ru

Krasnodar, 7 February – Yug Times. The Yug Times has analysed Notes from Russia, an article written by an American journalist who recounted his impressions of Soviet Russia after visiting the USSR in the 1920s.

The Notes were published in The Family Calendar for 1929 that appeared in print in Czechoslovakia.

A certain D. Thompson wrote that he visited plants and schools, and talked to state officials and private entrepreneurs of the NEP (‘New Economic Policy’) era. He also interviewed foreign traders and diplomats that for many years lived in Russia and thus had many opportunities to study the realities of the country. Thompson stated that in Russia, he met ‘stiff capitalists’ that spoke with great respect about the Bolshevik regime and looked into its future with more optimism than some radical socialists or communists.

He also met artists who had always been taking Russia as the centre of the world’s arts. At the same time, some artists argued that the Soviet state system and the lifestyle of the Soviet people were fatal for arts.

The diplomats’ opinions also differed a lot. One diplomat of liberal views would not say a good word about Soviet Russia, while another one, a man of a noble descent, thought that the Soviet power was showing more selflessness, will and energy than the authorities of other European states.


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