Russian forces open fire on a Bolshevik protest in Petrograd, in July 1917. In 1921, Lenin revoked the citizenship of Russians who had fled overseas. Pictures: Alamy
Jason Wordie
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Then & Now by Jason Wordie

The passport that was lifeline for refugee Jews and White Russians who fled to China and Hong Kong

The Nansen passport – named after a Norwegian Nobel laureate – allowed those left stateless after the first world war to escape, including famous names such as Marc Chagall, Anna Pavlova and Aristotle Onassis

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Russian forces open fire on a Bolshevik protest in Petrograd, in July 1917. In 1921, Lenin revoked the citizenship of Russians who had fled overseas. Pictures: Alamy
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