File No. 861.00/678

The Ambassador in Russia ( Francis) to the Secretary of State 1


1983. Last cable from Department unnumbered, dated November 3. Situation here mixed, Bolshevik forces composed of soldiers, [Page 233] sailors and armed workmen command city under direction of a Military Revolutionary Committee. Socialistic factions trying to agree on a coalition socialistic Ministry. No Americans injured. Forces under Kerensky reported near city. Several engagements in which Kerensky forces reported defeated. Fighting on Moscow streets. Killed estimated high as 5,000. National Hotel, Great Theater, telephone and post office injured by Bolshevik artillery. No advice of Americans injured Moscow but no direct information from Summers since 11th. Comparative quiet prevails here.

  1. Sent via the Embassy in Great Britain.