File No. 861.00/381

The Minister in Sweden ( Morris ) to the Secretary of State


429. In informal conversation with Russian Minister who has recently been appointed as Russian Ambassador to Spain, I am informed that conditions in Russia are in a very unsatisfactory shape. I also learn through prominent Russians and others who pass through Stockholm daily that there is little cohesion in the Russian Government and there is a great deal of segregation in different parts of the country, such as has been manifested by the recent Kronstadt affair. In Kronstadt the people disacknowledged the authority in Petrograd and local committees assumed control themselves over this district. Now however through official representatives who had been sent from Petrograd cooperation has again been established and Kronstadt now acknowledges the Petrograd Government. There are labor disturbances and general unsettled conditions both economic and otherwise throughout the country and conditions are growing more grave.