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Document: An Appeal to Public Opinion

In my last post, I referred to a political pamphlet from 1916, An Appeal to Public Opinion: Should the Russian Refugees be Deported? It was published by the Committee of Delegates of the Russian Socialist Groups in London in response to the threat to deport Russian immigrants who refused to serve in the British Army, and is a very powerful statement about the moral bankruptcy of the Russian autocracy and its persecution of Jews and radicals. Reading it makes it easy to understand why the Russian revolution happened.

The pamphlet is also relevant to my next post, the final one in my present Russians in London series, and as it is in the public domain but, so far as I have been able to ascertain, not easily available on the web, I have decided to publish it. You will find it in the new ‘Documents’ section at the top of the page (I envisage that there will be other documents I wish to publish in the future), or you can click here. I hope it will be of interest and use.

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