RIVER LENA: 1912 Viewcard to Switzerland franked 3k cancelled on River Lena ship service YAKUTSK-USTKUTA STEAMSHIP No. 1 10 5 12. Underpaid 1k, encircled ‘T’ applied and Swiss 5c postage due applied and cancelled on arrival in Clarens
The card was sent by the political dissident Ekaterina Breshkovskaya. » The Little Grandmother of the Revolution » who spent most of her life in Siberian exile. After her last arrest she was sent to Kerensk, on the river Lena (1910-13). then moved around various Siberian prisons until released by the Bolsheviks in 1917. The card was to George Lazareff, a Russian political exile who sent her money.
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