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Thinking classes exiled on Lenin’s secret ships

The Philosophy Steamer, by Lesley Chamberlain, Atlantic Books, €36.50.

11th March, 2006

The Philosophy Steamer, by Lesley Chamberlain, Atlantic Books, €36.50.

In September 1922, a group of families gathered on the dock of Vasilievsky Ostrov in north-west Petrograd.

While the adults dealt with the political police and customs men trying to confiscate or tax anything they could, a policeman casually ruffled the curls of any young girls present to search for hidden jewels.

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