Prof. A. V. Saposhnikoff


THE numerous friends of Prof. A. V. Saposhnikoff will learn with much regret of his arrest and exile (NATURE, April 25). I first came into touch with him during the International Congress of Applied Chemistry in London in 1909, and afterwards had the pleasure of working with him during the War and taking him over several of the explosives factories. The last time I saw him was in 1923, when he was in England on business for the Soviet Government. He is a charming man, and, under the new régime, was trying to serve his country to the best of his ability and to keep out of politics. It is now known that he was arrested on Oct. 1, but no charge against him has been made public. Knowing him as I do, I can only think that his arrest is the result of some dreadful mistake.

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MACNAB, W. Prof. A. V. Saposhnikoff. Nature 127, 666–667 (1931).

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