The Case of Comrade Tulayev
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As you probably know Victor Serge was a Russian revolutionary who was himself imprisoned by Stalin. He wrote a number of other books, both fiction and non fiction, which you can see on his LT author page and on this Wikipedia page.
Serge was born in Brussels, Belgium, to a couple of impoverished Russian anti-Czarist exiles. His father, Leo (Lev) Kibalchich, a former infantry trooper from Kiev ... had fled Russia around 1887 and gone to Switzerland, where he met Serge's mother, Vera Frolova, née Pederowska. She was the daughter of an impoverished petty nobleman of Polish extraction from the Nizhni-Novgorod province. ... the couple wandered Europe, according to their son, "in search of cheap lodgings and good libraries". Victor was born "by chance" in Brussels, where the couple were so poor that Victor's younger brother died of malnutrition before Leonid eventually found work as a teacher at the Institute of Anatomy.
Brussels pretty much means French, especially back then. ;)
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