The Selman-Troytt Commemoration The Selman-Troytt Commemoration Details of the published version of The Selman-Troytt Papers, which contains extensive additional material about Jeremy Selman-Troytt. Pub. by Old Street Publishing

Vladimir (centre) at the regular Thursday evening meeting of the Moscow Glaziers' Union
Soviet Expansion

Having successfully engineered the Balkan crisis with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Jonas set his sights on de-stabilizing the Russian constitution. "Those Russians are so poor they still cover their windows with paper!" he would shout angrily to himself. "Peasants!"

Working through a series of middle-men he made contact with, and fomented anti-Tsarist sentiment within, a young Muscovite glazier named Vladimir Ilich Ulyanov. Ulyanov (right, seated, centre) was the perfect puppet for Jonas' scheme: a small and strangely-shaped man, he was frustrated by a lack of promotion prospects within the Russian glazing fraternity. In his fifteen-year career, the largest piece of glass he had been allowed to install was only 8 centimetres square. "I can do more," he would scream at passers-by.

But what began simply as the formation of a glazier's union with demands for larger commissions, by 1917 had transformed into something altogether more sinister. Vladimir accompanied the Bolsheviks during their latter days of revolution and by crying: "Mind the glass!" at regular intervals, was able to ensure that not a pane was broken in the storming of the Winter Palace.

Details of the next stage of Selman-Troytt foreign expansion.

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