DR. VLADIMIR TCHERNAVIN, born in Tsarskoe Selo in 1887, had lived in Great Britain pursuing his researches on fishes since 1934. He was a man willing to sacrifice more for his ideals of liberty and truth than most of us. At the age of twelve, on account of ill-health he was sent from St. Petersburg to his grandmother at Omsk ; all ailments vanished at Omsk, and the boy and his cousin spent long days with the nomadic tribes of the Siberian plains. The freedom and gaiety of the simple lives of these people made a permanent impression on young Tchernavin, which must have been reinforced as he grew to manhood by the liberal ideas that inspired the revolution of 1905. No wonder that after twelve years of service to the Soviet State he was accused in 1930 of "unproletarian psychology". His arrest was one of many that followed the failure of the first five-year plan, and he spent the next two years in a G.P.U. concentration camp.
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Environmental Biology of Fishes (1994)