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The Manchester Guardian, renamed The Guardian in 1959, was a daily newspaper based in Manchester and founded in 1821.

Arthur Ransome was made the Russian correspondent of the Manchester Guardian in 1919 after the editor C. P. Scott read Six Weeks in Russia in 1919 and liked it. He was based in the Baltic states previously part of Russia; first in Reval, Estonia (Reval was renamed Tallinn) and then Riga, Latvia in 1923. He wrote intermittent lengthly articles rather than the frequent telegrams he had sent during the war, writing them outside Russia to avoid the Soviet censor. In 1924 he returned to England with Evgenia, and he wrote on Russia for the paper until 1928, although they stopped paying a retaining fee after March 1924. The paper sent him to China in 1926-27 (LAR pp 244,259, 277 293). He wrote obituaries for the Old Bolsheviks Zinoviev and Kamenev in 1936, but his obituary for his friend Karl Radek (who was murdered in secret) was never published (TLE p 359).

Ransome was a close friend of Ted Scott, the son of C. P. Scott who succeeded his father as editor, until Ted was drowned in a boating accident. Ransome was also a friend of Henry Clay an economist who wrote for the paper.

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