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Kaarlo Kurko; the victory, the downfall and the aftermath

We have reached the final episode of the story of Kaarlo Kurko, a Finnish adventurer who fought as a volunteer in ataman Bulak-Balakhovich’s forces in the Polish-Soviet war in 1920. The previous episodes can be read from the archives of … Continue reading

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Kaarlo Kurko; war, inhumanity and humanity

On April 1920, ataman Bulak’s division, the Finnish volunteers included, joined the Polish offensive against the Bolsheviks and attacked from Mozyr to the Dniepr, fighting side by side with the Polish forces of colonel Józef Rybak in Polesie. Kaarlo Kurko … Continue reading

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Kaarlo Kurko and ataman Bulak’s soldiers

When Kaarlo Kurko arrived in Warsaw in February 1920, he found the Polish capital full of political intrigue. While the Polish-Soviet negotiations were still underway, the Russian Whites and several nationalist leaders had set up representations in Warsaw and were … Continue reading

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