By Gordon W. Morrell
“Russian politics, like opium, turns out infallibly to impress the main impressive goals and imaginings at the a part of the folk who learn them.” — E.A. Walker, British Embassy, Moscow 1931
In March 1933 the industrial component of the Soviet mystery police arrested six British engineers hired by means of the Metropolitan Vickers electric corporation. The arrests provoked a disagreement that introduced Anglo-Soviet family members to the edge of catastrophe and resurrected the spectre of the express trials and purges of the technical intelligentsia that had shaken Soviet society from 1928 to 1931.
Britain Confronts the Stalin Revolution is the 1st full-length learn of the Metro-Vickers’ convey trial of 1933. established upon a few new and plenty of underutilized Soviet and British resources, Gordon Morrell examines the political, fiscal, social, criminal and cultural dimensions of the single Stalinist political trial of the Nineteen Thirties that without delay engaged a overseas strength.
Morrell explores the roots of the trouble through interpreting Metro-Vickers’ position within the electrification of the USSR and he examines the political, financial and diplomatic family members among Britain and the Soviets that gave the quandary its overseas value. He focusses at the efforts of the British govt to appreciate and reply to the recent Stalinist order and, importantly, casts new gentle at the obvious position of the British commercial Intelligence Centre throughout the early Thirties.
Britain Confronts the Stalin Revolution is an obtainable, unique and multidimensional paintings that makes an immense contribution to the examine of Anglo-Soviet kinfolk.
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See Monkhouse, Moscow, p. 85-90. , p. 95. 23 Admiral Aleksandr Kolchak was leader of the White forces in Siberia. , p. 67, 82-107; and Dummelow, 1899-1949, p. 82. The MVEEC and Soviet Electrification, 1922-27 21 now erupting in Russia, Richards was instructed by Lord Robert Cecil (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs) to obtain a sum of about one million roubles from the British Embassy in Petrograd and deliver it to General ludenitch, commander of the White Russian forces in the Baltic.
He travelled by sleigh and crossed through a "Red" frontier north of Sortavalla on the strength of his British passport. Arriving in Petrograd just after all the Embassy staff had left, he found the Consular staff in charge of the Embassy. They refused to give Richards the money, since they had not received the appropriate instructions. He met with ludenitch, but was told that it was too late for such measures in any case. 24 When these episodes in the careers of Richards and Monkhouse surfaced in 1933, the Foreign Office made much of the distinction between "Army Intelligence," in which both Richards and Monkhouse served, and the "Secret Service," which had never employed either man.
33 Thornton's comments here reveal common features of the engineers' thinking that help explain their errors in judgement. In several instances they were told by various Soviet citizens employed by the MVEEC that the OGPU had forced the unfortunate Russians to become informants. Invariably the response of Thornton and Monkhouse was to advise these people to tell the police whatever they needed to know. They later claimed that they had nothing to hide and seemed genuinely concerned that the Company not cause any more trouble for their Soviet employees if, for example, the MVEEC engineers simply dismissed them.