TALE OF SOVIET APPEAL MADE TO WASHINGTON
Famine Aid Said to Have Been Conditioned on Abandonment of Bolshevism.
New York Times, July 24, 1921.
BERLIN, July 23 -- The Soviet Government has confidentially approached the American Government and requested help on a large scale for the hungry Russian people, according to a Bukowina Press Agency report from Lemberg, Galicia, which says that America has named as conditions for assistance the immediate demobilization of the Red army; the restoration of political freedom -- particularly the freedom of the press and personal liberty; the immediate proclamation of protection to the Constituent National Assembly, and the return of all prisoners from Russia.
Lemberg reports say the Soviet Government is sending Maxim Gorky to London and Washington for further negotiations. It was reported in Berlin today that Gorky was expected to reach here soon.
Germany is preparing to get in on the ground floor of good-will by organizing a relief expedition into Russia. Germany cannot spare any food, it is pointed out; but the shrewd Teuton altruists who see a golden opportunity of tying a knot in profitable commercial relations with the future Russia by helping the stricken country now, remark that Germany has plenty of medicines and doctors, and that both could be rushed into Soviet Russia to fight cholera and other epidemics for humanitarian and good business reasons.
The German Government is embarrassed by having to make another decision. It takes the view that the International Red Cross is the most suitable organization for carrying out relief plans for Russia.
Gerhart Hauptmann is expected to answer Gorky's appeal to him soon.
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