On Dec. 21, 1919, this newspaper reported that Bolshevik forces in Russia had won a sweeping victory along the Estonian border, capturing 2,500 prisoners in a campaign to solidify their northwestern border. For a moment, their future seemed bright. The month before in Petrograd, about 100 miles to the northeast, the Bolsheviks had celebrated the second anniversary of the Soviet revolution with lengthy processions with red banners and brass bands. Grigory Zinoviev, chairman of the Petrograd Soviet, had stood on a podium in the cold fall air, with factory workers, soldiers and sailors from the Baltic fleet arrayed below him, to report on the regime’s accomplishments for the last two years and its prospects for the immediate future.… Seguir leyendo »
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