File No. 861.00/2479

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

[Telegram]

356. Diplomatic Corps still on boats attempting to find domiciles. Poole says promised 5,000 American troops this month and when asked by whom replied War Council, Paris. Bierer with 50 blue-jackets only American forces here. Would appreciate information about coming American forces and their disposition. Nothing from you since your August 3, 7 p.m., received as leaving Murman. Sent card Chaikovski, president of the supreme government of the northern region, who called to-day bringing Minister of Finance; financiering new government difficult problem. Think it will request Allied assistance. Was also visited by Minister of War who says new government represents all Russian parties except Bolsheviks and pro-Germans, and formed for resurrecting Russia and resisting Germany; that of ten members composing new administration, nine were elected to the Constituent Assembly; that similar movement started in Samara, also in Siberia and that thorough understanding between such new governments which are energetically extending their respective jurisdiction.

Nothing about conditions in Moscow nor the attitude of Soviet government toward the Allies or Allied representatives as no communication with interior. Have you any?

Indications of friction between Allied military authority and new civil government which diplomats endeavoring to prevent.

Francis