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The Consul General at Irkutsk (Harris), temporarily at Vladivostok, to the Acting Secretary of State

22. Referring to Department’s February 19, 3 p.m.71 There is every indication that the Zemstvo government in Vladivostok and other so called Social Revolutionary governments which have sprung up in Siberia between the Bolshevik front and Vladivostok will [Page 546]shortly lose their autonomy and come directly under the control of Moscow. None of these governments now are anti-Bolshevik but are in my judgment simply awaiting the departure of all foreign troops in Siberia before uniting immediately with the Bolsheviki. Actions of Zemstvo government in Vladivostok in closing three Russian banks and arresting directors and searching their houses as well as other acts which make foreign commerce impossible show that the Zemstvo and other organizations now having local power are preparing themselves by such acts for immediate absorption in the Bolshevik organization the moment independent communication with the west is established.

Kalmikoff72 has been definitely established [eliminated?] in Habarovsk region and it is reported that he is in Harbin although I have no confirmation.

Harris
  1. Not printed.
  2. A leader of the Ussuri Cossacks.