File No. 861.00/2020

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


5. I have just received astounding telegram from Vologda saying French Embassy been informed that British admiral joined [Page 553] by American and French naval officers at Murman together with British general [said] to have stated that recognition of Soviet government only solution of present Russian situation. Such step in my judgment would be tragic mistake. … [a high Soviet official] called yesterday, says Soviet government admits, “We are a corpse but no one has the courage to bury us,” which describes situation. Soviet government is disintegrating rapidly but making strenuous effort to secure Allied support, effect of which would be deliverance of Russia into German embrace. Naval officers at Murman unacquainted with internal conditions are [unwarranted] in giving subsequent [above-mentioned] advice.