unilateral British maneuvers to revise the agreements for their transportation to the French front for the sake of utilizing them for anti-Bolshevik intervention in Siberia and at the northern ports. In any case, trouble developed directly for the Czechoslovak Legions as clashes erupted with the Soviet forces.
If there were any doubt about the onerous terms imposed by the Germans on the Soviets at Brest, these were comprehensively analyzed for the British Foreign Office by a long time resident Russian representative of the British United Shipping Co., Ltd. in Petrograd, who reported on it as follows:
" Russia loses" Poland, or rather the Russian Polish provinces, also Lithuania (Kovno, Grodno, and Vilna governments) Courland, Livonia, Esthonia, and the Ukraine--the governments of Bolhynia, Podlia, Jekaterinoslav, Kiev, Tchernigoff, Poltava, Cherson, Kharkoff and Bessarabia, the governments of Kharkoff, Minsk, and Vitebsk or part of them.
The loss of these regions represents the loss of:
|4% of the whole territory of Russia,|
|26% of the total population of Russia,|
|27% of the total arable land,|
|37% of the average crop,|
|26% of the railway system,|
|33% of the total value of manufactured articles, say of production,|
|39% of the total Horse Power of the country, N.B. Machinery,|
|75% of the total coal production, and|
|73% of the total pig iron production.|
Three separate Republics are being proposed:
|1.||People living on the south side of the Caucasus Mountains.|
|2.||Another Republic in the districts occupied by the Cossacks.|
|3.||Third Republic comprising the Governments of Ufa, Orenburg ... where a Tartar majority exists.|
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Publication information: Book title: Czechoslovakia:Anvil of the Cold War. Contributors: John O. Crane - Author, Sylvia E. Crane - Author. Publisher: Praeger. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1991. Page number: 26.
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