File No. 17984/2.

The Russian Ambassador to the Secretary of State.

Mr. Secretary of State: The right of aliens to enter Turkestan for travel or sojourn which was temporarily created in 1902 was limited by an imperial order in 1905 to persons specially authorized to that effect by the Imperial Government.

In order to avoid misunderstandings arising from this limitation being unknown to foreigners coming to Russia I am instructed by the Imperial Government to bring to your excellency’s knowledge and to inform you that applications for permits to travel in Turkestan must be made by foreigners desiring to visit those parts through the representatives of their country accredited to the Imperial Government.

Be pleased, etc.,