File No. 861.00/2834

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


426. Chaikovski and Durov dined with me last evening. Appeared harmonious but French Ambassador and Lindley say Durov complaining that government remaining and threatening to resign, having accepted appointment under the impression government abdicating. He is unacceptable to Russian officers because they consider him inexperienced and not sufficiently high rank. Both thought last evening another conspiracy planned but mainly against Durov. Prince1 here installed as censor and member of Intelligence Bureau will keep me advised. I am opposed to coup d’état and shall prevent if possible.

Chaikovski telephoned to me 4 p.m. desired to meet Ambassadors which he did 6 p.m., when announced Ministry decided resign and form executive government four members: Chaikovski, President and Minister for Foreign Affairs; Gukovski, Minister of Justice, both socialists; Durov, Governor General and Director of Military Affairs; Grudistov, representing commercial interests, Minister of Finance and Trade and Commerce and Minister of the Interior. Durov without politics. Think Grudistov also but represents commercial financial interests and will reconcile antisocialistic elements; has not accepted on account of large business interests but Chaikovski and Ambassadors think should accept and endeavoring to persuade him to do so.

  1. Capt. Eugene Prince, U. S. N. A., Assistant Military Attaché.