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Eyewitness accounts: visitors to Soviet Russia, 1917-1928

Our digital collection includes various reports, photographs and other documents which record visits of delegations and individuals to Russia and the Soviet Union in the decade following the Russian Revolution. Many of the sources come from the archives of trade unions or of individuals connected with left-wing politics, and many are therefore sympathetic to the new Soviet regime.

Information about documents relating to the Trades Union Congress delegations of 1920 and 1924 and the visits of Tom Mann is available elsewhere. Photographs taken during a visit to the Soviet Union in 1925 are included in Henry Sara's lantern lecturesLink opens in a new window.

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Additional documents on visits and delegations to Russia and the Soviet UnionLink opens in a new window are available through our digital collection on the Russian Revolution and Britain, 1917-1928.