Foreign News: Reclaimed

Mother Russia clucked to her long-outcast brood in China. Thousands of White Russians, who have been stateless and scattered from Shanghai to Sinkiang since the Red Revolution, were suddenly offered Soviet citizenship. To return to the maternal wing, they had only to apply at the nearest Russian consulate, pay an 11-ruble fee, submit passport photos, answer a few routine questions.

After three decades, it was almost unbelievable. In Shanghai, haven of some 20,000 White Russians, they queued up, 500 to 600 daily, at the big grey Soviet Consulate. The would-be comrades included czarist...

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