File No. 861.00/2610

The British Embassy to the Department of State

[The following paraphrase of a telegram was received by the Department of State on August 23, 1918:]

The British Ambassador in France to the British Foreign Office

The French Government have intimated their agreement as to the urgency of establishing Czech police at Vladivostok with Allied help. They draw attention to the fact that the Czechs were hitherto unwilling to intervene out of respect for the liberty of the Russian population. The recent pro-Bolshevist election at Vladivostok is the result of this. The French Consul at Vladivostok has been instructed by his Government to act in concert with his British, Japanese and American colleagues, with a view to the formation of a police force for the town of Vladivostok, in agreement with the Czechs, as, in order to avoid arousing any suspicion, inter-Allied policing of towns in Siberia is desirable.