File No. 861.00/2806

The Consul General at Irkutsk ( Harris ) to the Secretary of State 2

[Telegram]

118. Consul, Omsk, reports on the night of 20th–21st following:

Minister Krutovski, Minister of Interior, Omsk government, Shatilov, Minister of Native Affairs, and Yakushev were arrested by armed officers, taken to a house and upon threat of their lives, made to sign resignation papers. After being kept captive twenty-four hours were freed but given twenty hours to leave Omsk which first two did. Whole proceedings put in force by Mikhailov, Minister of Finance, but it is thought that Grishin-Almazov back of it. No Siberian government now exists. Eight Czech regiments going to Omsk to establish order.

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Harris
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  1. Sent via the Legation in China.