File No. 861.00/727

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


2029. Trotsky has addressed a note to British Ambassador calling attention to internment of Chicherin and Petrov, Russian socialists interned in England “for socialistic propaganda,” and requesting their release, adding:

In order to strengthen this request I dare call attention, Mr. Ambassador, to the fact that within Russian Republic there are many Britishers who do not hide counter-revolutionary manner of thought and enter into relations with bourgeois clash with Russia. Revolutionary opinion in this country does not agree that Russian revolutionary fighters be in concentration camps in England while counterrevolutionary Britishers are not subjected to any limitations in Russian Republic.

Looks like reprisal threat.

[ Francis ]
  1. Sent via the Legation in Sweden (No. 1082).