RUSSIA: Sleepless Nights

When Britons, who like to spend especially cheerless afternoons by the fire reading Tchekov, Turgenev, or Dostoevsky, want to describe a person whose deep gloom is relieved only by occasional starts of dark suspicion, they say: "Frightfully Russian." Frightfully Russian were Russians last week. Citizens heard almost no official announcements about the campaign in Finland—except that Russia's defensive warfare against aggressive Finland had reached points 90 miles inside Finland's borders. But in the streets unhappy Russians heard ugly rumors.

So persistent were these rumors, and so long undenied, that civilians began...

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