Admiral Nicholas Volkoff - White Russian Emigre Signed Letter 1948 to Sir John Pollock


Signed letter from Russian emigre Admiral Nikolai Wolkoff (1870–1954), to the English historian, journalist and translator, Sir Frederick John Pollock, 4th Baronet (1878-1963), at his gentleman's Club the Athenaeum, dated 19th April 1949, discussing a letter published in the Sunday Times regarding his political views on Russia and how the West had not understood the real causes of the Russian Revolution, a view held by many emigres.

"16. Prince's Mews
London W.2.

Sir John Pollock
The Athenaeum
Pall Mall

Monday 19th April 1948

Dear Sir John,

I am sure that I am expressing the feelings of all White Russians whom fate has decreed to take advantage of the hospitality of this country, when I say that your letter in the Sunday Times of the 18th inst. has created boundless satisfaction among them.

It would be quite impossible to state the truth about Russia better than you have done in so few words, so cleaarly, and covering practically the whole history of our unfortunate country.

We all owe you the deepest gratitude for having exposed, as you say "a pernicious distortion of the truth."

We can only hope that your letter will be widely read.

Your truly

N. Wolkoff

Rear-Admiral, C.B., A.D.C.
Late imperial Russian Navy
Naval Attache to the Imp. Russian Embassy
from August 1913 until the Bolshevik revoultion."

He was the last Imperial Russian naval attaché in London and decided to stay in Britain in the aftermath of the Bolshevik Revolution the family became naturalised British subjects on 10th September 1935. In 1923 the Wolkoffs opened the Russian Tea Room at 50 Harrington Road, South Kensington near the Natural History Museum, a rendezvous point for other White Russians.

Volkoff, like many Russian emigres held right-wing anti-semitic views, and were considered sympathizers of the Nazi regime in Germany. His daughter, Anna, visited Germany several times in the 1930s. which caused MI5 to take an interest in her activities and in 1935 was placed under surveillance as a possible German spy. She was arrested in 1940 under the Official Secrets Act as she supplied material to Lord Haw-Haw, a nickname applied to the Irish-American William Joyce, who broadcast Nazi propaganda to Britain from Germany during the Second World War. She was released in 1947. Wallis Simpson had been a client of her couture business, and also under suspicion by British counter-intelligence.

In 1920 Pollock married the Russian emigre actress Princess Lydia Bariatinsky.

Size: 25 x 20 cm approx

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