File No. 861.00/1075

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


2333. Your 2038, February 1, 7 p.m., just received. Your telegrams coming through regularly, consequently cannot account for delay in mine. Not aware Petrograd communication with Europe severed until messages from Vladivostok, Archangel, London.

Perhaps Soviet using this additional lever for recognition. Has given notice through official organ that missions of governments where Russia has deposits cannot procure funds until such governments recognize right of Soviet government to draw Russian funds deposited in those countries.

Trotsky still absent; Zalkind started for Switzerland. Lenin tells Robins anarchist threats are German-inspired. No hostile demonstration occurred. Guard of six Americans maintained in the Embassy, four couriers of whom are restless but shall hold until arrival twelve marines, for whose entrance requesting Smolny1 consent. Cannot provide absolute protection against bomb thrown by anarchist; one exploded in hand of anarchist writer in building where was published threatening editorial. Remember your 1906 and not asking further instructions on this subject. Expression of confidence very gratifying.

  1. Smolny Institude was used by the Bolsheviks as their headquarters.