American aid officials reluctant to help

Marguerite faced three charges—the old espionage charge, entering the country illegally, and a new spying charge. She was completely cut off from the outside world. Unlike the first imprisonment, when she received aid packages, this time she heard no news, received no letters. Her relatives struggled to persuade U.S. officials to fight for her freedom …

Return to Moscow

Marguerite Harrison arrived in Moscow on Sunday, December 3, 1922. She was amazed at how much the city had changed since she had last seen it sixteen months earlier. Foreign aid and Lenin’s New Economic Policy, which relaxed some of the more draconian measures of state communism, had made life better. Tramlines were operating, and …

‘You’re arrested’: Harrison is caught by the Russians again

map of Far Eastern Republic

Marguerite hid in the brothel for two days until she and her Cossack companion could catch the train to Chita.. She did not know whether the Communist uprising had been confined to Verkhne-Udinsk or had swept through the entire Far Eastern Republic. Her worries grew when the next night a suspicious-looking man knocked at her …