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File No. 861.00/620

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

[Telegram]

1945. Bolsheviki made unsuccessful attempt with two motor cars to start demonstration. Press reports great majority soldiers in Petrograd garrison have passed resolutions to obey Soviet if demonstration ordered. Right young men from the officers’ military school just arrived Embassy saying ordered here by Petrograd staff to protect Embassy and guards sent to all foreign missions. Think this not significant but merely precaution.

Minister of War reported resigned but afternoon papers say will remain. Newspapers, Skobelev attacked speech of Minister of Foreign Affairs whose reported resignation denied. He returned this afternoon but so occupied could not see him.

Francis