File No. 861.00/1079

The Ambassador in France ( Sharp) to the Secretary of State


3177. Your No. 3118 [3154], February 7. I have just been informed by the Foreign Office that the report to which you refer is entirely correct. It was explained that the British Government having received a representative of the Bolshevik government there was nothing else to do for the French Government but to adopt a similar course. It has therefore visaed the passport of Kamenev proceeding to Paris via England in the capacity of Envoy Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary at Large. I have been informed that it is also (true that?) Zalkind has been appointed in the same capacity to Switzerland. I am told that the latter is the brother-in-law of Trotsky and has been his assistant secretary.

The Foreign Office informs me that until recently a representative of the Bolshevik government by the name of Holzmann was here in Paris about ten days in a diplomatic capacity for his government, but that every minute he was closely watched by the police and his person even searched. I was told that in all probability the new representative will also be kept under surveillance.