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Title: The Kurdish of Mullâ Sa'îd Shamdînânî
Author(s): MACKENZIE, D.N.
Journal: Journal of Kurdish Studies
Volume: 1 Date: 1995
A lifetime ago, in 1917, the First World War was approaching its end. On the Caucasian front all was relatively quiet. Russian troops were still in occupation of large areas of eastern Turkey and Persian Azerbaijan, though Russia itself was in turmoil and on the brink of the Bolshevist revolution. The Imperial Russian consul in Tabriz, The Azerbaijani capital, was Vasilij Nikitin and under his charge were many 'Turkish' Kurds, who had thrown themselves on the mercy of the Russians. To help him in his contacts with the Kurds Nikitin had already in 1916 taken into his employ, as secretary and language teacher, a certain Mullā Sa'īd.