Foreign News: Millions for Lena?

In London last week a famed German professor of metallurgy and an English lawyer of 'such distinction that he sits upon His Majesty's Privy Council resolutely announced this awful decision:

The Russian Government is ordered to pay the sum of $65,000,000 to Lena Goldfields Ltd., and this company's concession —the largest ever granted in Soviet Russia to foreign businessmen—is at an end.

Would Russia obey this order? Could two private citizens successfully command a Great Power? How did they ever get to thinking that they could? Was this to be the historic test...