File No. 861.00/934

The Consul General at Moscow (Summers) to the Secretary of State

No. 179

Sir: … A conference of Cossack armies and mountaineers of the Caucasus, held at Vladikavkaz, spoke for the speedy creation of a Russian federal republic with states as members thereof; for the strengthening of the central government; for a vigorous prosecution of the war and the conclusion of an honorable peace; and for the return to law and order and the suppression of anarchy and counter-revolution. The conference proposes the representation of the several states, whose creation and whose indissoluble union are proposed, in the central government by two persons. The conference assumed the name of the Southeastern league, including the Don, Kuban, Terek, and Astrakhan Cossack armies, the Kalmyk tribe, all the tribes of Daghestan and the Transcatalian [Zakataly] district, the mountain tribes of the Terek and Kuban territories and the Sukhum district, and the steppe tribes of the Terek territory and of the Stavropol government.1

  1. The federation agreement is printed post, p. 616.