Letter from Jarkko Saarinen to Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld: “All is not well Adolf” (University of Oulu)

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Published by University of Oulu
Dec 2019
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Dear Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld,

Greetings from your native country where snowless and slush covered early winter sceneries are becoming increasingly typical. Please allow me to call you by your first name despite your noble lineage.

The last time I have spoken about you and your endeavours was in Moscow in 2015. On that occasion, the Russian Geographical Society celebrated its 170th anniversary, and a small-scale exhibition describing the history and activities of the Society had been relocated to the premises of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel near the Kremlin. The exhibition and dinner were hosted by Russia’s Minister of Defence Sergei Shoigu, who is also the President of the Society. Perhaps this would not trouble you, since the first presidents of the Society and your contemporaries were grand dukes and, thus, representatives of administrative and political power.

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