File No. 861.00/432

The Ambassador in Russia ( Francis ) to the Secretary of State


1545. Extreme quiet still prevails here. Minister of Foreign Affairs states Workmen-Soldiers fully recognize Provisional Government ascending [ascendancy] and capital punishment restored in army for desertion, disobedience. Reported Russian losses 50,000 prisoners, many large cannon, because soldiers refused to fight through Bolshevik influence. Such impression greatly weakens Workmen-Soldiers’ influence.