Excelsior 10 février 1924


GRAND DUKE CYRILL BELIEVES THAT THE TERRORIST REGIME IN RUSSIA WILL NOT LAST ANY LONGER
Will the guardian of the throne of the tsars return to his country?
NICE, February 9 (from our private correspondent). - Grand Duke Cyrille was kind enough to receive us at his property in Fabron. Certain news from Russia where there is talk of the revolt movement which would take shape against the Soviet regime does not surprise him. For our host illustrates the end of the Red Terror is approaching. It's only a matter of months.
The mass of the Russian people, the peasants who make up 85 percent of the Russian population, are tired of Bolshevism. They have suffered enough. The Soviets took everything from them. Like the workers, also victims of the new Russian government, the peasants aspire to another regime. It is this state of affairs which makes the news announcing a movement of revolt against the Soviets perfectly possible.
After a moment of silence, Grand Duke Cyrille continues:
Naturally, we will repress this movement. We will shoot without distinction. The idea is in motion.
We ask our host: Have you not recently expressed the desire to return to Russia soon to answer the call of your country?
Grand Duke Cyril responds to this: I said more precisely that I proposed to try to enter Russia, if they asked me to do so. I am convinced, in fact, that Russia demands a tsar and a constitutional government instead of the absolutism of the Bolsheviks. There have always been tsars in Russia. These have always been the spiritual fathers of their subjects. If in my turn, I ascend the throne, it will be to, forgetting my own personality, work for the recovery of my dear country, giving all my effort to the interests of those who suffered. In this I will act like my predecessors who constantly defended the interests of the country.
The power of the Tsar had a great influence on the imagination of the peasant, and imagination plays a great role among Russian peasants. He can take advantage of this provision to direct them in the right direction. -
Pierre BOREL.
LENIN'S SUCCESSOR WILL FOLLOW THE SAME POLICY WHICH ACCORDING TO HIM ENSURES THE RENAISSANCE OF THE COUNTRY
Rikoff's main goal is economic recovery.
Moscow, February 9. During an interview, Rykoff made the following statements
« The people of the U. R. S. S. went through the most difficult years under the leadership of Lenin. Now that living conditions are better, the same policy will be continued. For six years I was Lenin's close collaborator and it was at his insistence that I was led to replace him at the Sovietnarken.
The main objective of my government will be to continue Lenin's policies. The unanimous decisions of the Congress of Soviets in internal and external affairs, testifying to the perfect concordance of the wishes of the workers of the government of the U. R. S. S., will determine its future activity.
For foreign policy, our objectives are the struggle for peace and the consolidation of the international position of the Union of Soviet Republics. READ. R. S. S. has never attacked foreign territories, it does not want to dominate other peoples, but the worrying situation in contemporary Europe, the inconsistency of the Treaty of Versailles encourage the soviets to ensure the military preparation of a red army extremely reduced.
... In the seventh year of the revolution, the European powers were finally convinced of the solidity of the power of the Soviets. This belief provides the basis for economic and financial negotiations. The countries which, before others, adopted the attitude dictated by common sense with regard to the Russian revolution will not have to repent of it; our relations with Germany, after Rapallo, have taken an excellent development, equally advantageous for both contracting parties. The recognition of the U. R. S. S. by the new English government, the possible turnaround in the foreign policy of other countries are in favor of normal relations with the U. R. S. S. In the meantime, we are obliged to enter into close economic relations only with countries where our interests are sufficiently guaranteed.
The main objective of our domestic policy is the economic recovery of the country and the revival of traffic between the cities and the countryside. »

the destiny of the soviets by Grand-Duke  Cyril and Rikoff