File No. 861.00/433

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


1551. Minister of Foreign Affairs just left Embassy, says news from southwest front still bad but arresting Bolsheviks when found and rigorously enforcing death penalty in the army. Says Provisional Government just decided to permit no one to enter Russia for three weeks unless bearing diplomatic passport, and planning an all-Russian meeting at Moscow Sunday 29th when Kerensky will appeal to patriotism of Russian people. Proposes taking to Moscow entire Duma and Russian Council Workmen-Soldiers-Peasants convening Petrograd 28th. Quiet here.