"Like thousands of Russians in the present century, I was born and brought up in another country and was only able to enter the land of my ancestors as a visitor in later years. It was nevertheless a very Russian upbringing, one which impressed on me the unusual nature of my inheritance. I was baptised in the Russian Orthodox Church and I worshipped in it. I prayed at night the familiar words Oche nash, attended parties where little Russian boys and girls spoke a mixture of languages, and felt myself by manner and temperament to be different than my English friends. I think I was the most affected by those melancholy and evocative Russian homes where my elders, for the most part people of great charm and eccentricity, lived surrounded by the relics – ikons, Easter eggs, portraits of Tsar and Tsaritsa, family photographs, and émigré newspapers – of that mysterious, far-off land of wolves, boyars, and snow-forests of Ivan Bilibin's famous illustrations to Russian fairy-tales. Somewhere there was a real Russian land to which we all belonged, but it was shut away over distant seas and space of years." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikolai_Tolstoy
Count Nikolai Tolstoy
Berkshire OX 13 5Hs ENGLAND
(Editor is Nikolai Tolstoy first naming himself in the 3rd person, then he changes to the 1st person. -jh)
PRISONERS OF WAR
- (1)that it was vital to placate the Soviet government if British POWs liberated in Russian-controlled zones were to be safely returned and
- (2)that Stalin would not help them win the war unless his demands were met. What is surely suspicious, however, is the fact that Eden's detailed plan for forcible repatriation was formulated before Stalin or any other Soviet official had raised the issue.
had been fighting in Yugoslavia against Tito
[1892-1980; pres. Yugosl., 1953-1980].
Large numbers within this group and others were not Soviet citizens. They had escaped Russia during or before the Revolution, rescued in British and French warships.
They had taken new citizenship or possessed League of Nations passports attesting to their stateless status.
Whatever vindication come for the victims of forced repatriation, it comes too late.