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Record of Interview with HG Wells prior to Russian broadcast

Wells makes a commitment to objectivity.

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Memo about interview with HG Wells prior to Russian broadcast.

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Document Type | Record of interview

03 July 1931

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1931

Synopsis

In this summary of her conversation over lunch with HG Wells, Hilda Matheson, the BBC's Director of Talks, reports that the writer agrees to pass judgement on Russia 'from the standpoint of a scientific historian' in his forthcoming radio broadcast. She also notes that Wells is willing to be sensitive to the British government's reciprocal agreement with Russia not to engage in the propaganda of criticism.

You can hear the subsequent broadcast 'Russia in the Melting Pot' as part of this collection.

Did you know?

Wells had a long history of involvement with and interest in Russia. He had encountered Lenin in 1920, a meeting he documented in his book 'Russia in the Shadows' (1921). In 1934, he travelled to the Kremlin to meet Stalin and, in the same year, he also visited President Franklin D Roosevelt in the USA.

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