File No. 861.00/2831

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


430. After some further discussion to remove misunderstanding scheme for government outlined in my 427, September 27, 6 p.m., [Page 551] was adopted. Mefodiev declined but another representative bourgeois will be selected.

British and French are enlisting British-Slavic legion and French-Slavic legion, claiming have several thousand Russians enlisted. Many Russians express desire to enlist under American auspices, consequently am planning to organize American-Slavic legion also. All legions thus formed will be transferred to the Russian Government when organized.

I assume that remainder of $6,000,000 allotted in your 20641 and 179,2 or about $1,500,000, can be used for this purpose. Do not be discouraged about Russians enlisting yet; understand many thousands Russians have joined Czechs. Expect Vologda will be taken before navigation closes and possibly Kotlas and Vyatka.