File No. 861.00/2686

The Chargé in Sweden ( Whitehouse) to the Secretary of State


2837. Have just received through Foreign Office following telegram dated 11th from Swedish Consul General at Moscow:

Yesterday evening, September 10, Soviet government permitted all Italian subjects who so desired, in all 400 persons, of whom 17 had been detained up to the present, to leave Moscow; 90 English, 50 French and 10 Americans left same time. Other British and French subjects except men between the ages of 18 and 45 will follow soon. On the advice of his Allied colleagues Italian Consul General decided to accompany his compatriots, his colleagues thinking that, in view of the extreme gravity of the actual circumstances, the departure of the official representatives should take place as soon as possible and not be delayed under any pretext.