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Problem of Russia.

Part of Genoa Conference. – in the House of Commons on 25th May 1922.

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There sat around that table the representatives of 34 nations. Over there sat the Russian delegation, representing more human poverty, wretchedness, desolation, hunger, pestilence, horror, and despair than all the other nations represented round the table. That was the first fact to realise. The other fact was this, that without the assistance of the other nations, it was hopeless for Russia, whatever its Government, to extricate itself from that pit of squalid misery. The Russian people are a gallant people, a loyal people, a patient people, a people capable of greater heights of unselfish devotion than almost any race in the world, as they demonstrated during the first two or three years of the Great War, when, more particularly on one occasion, they sacrificed themselves, in order to save the Allies, but also a people accustomed for generations to obey ruthless and relentless autocracy, and a people who, under the lash of despair, could be very formidable to their neighbours.