The Chargé in China (Tenney) to the Secretary of State
[Received May 18—2:45 p.m.]
110. A telegram from Verkhnieudinsk announces the organization of the Far Eastern Republic. A. M. Krasnoshchekoff minister for foreign affairs, N. Paltova secretary of government. A constituent assembly is stated to be in session at Verkhnieudinsk. The constituent assembly proclaims:
- The territories of Trans-Baikal, Amur, Primorskaia, Sakhalin, Kamchatka and the right of way of the Chinese Eastern Railway to be an independent state under republican form of government.
- Democratic liberties guaranteed to all classes of society.
- Representatives to be elected of all political parties and nationalities living upon the territory of the republic. A constitutional convention to be assembled.
- Amnesty promised to the soldiers of Kolchak and Semenoff if they lay down arms. Capital punishment abolished.
- All governments requested to send official representatives.
The provisional government states the necessity of:
- The Red Army of the Russian Soviet Government cease eastern march at an agreed point.
- That no aid or support be given by any foreign country, especially by the expeditionary forces of Japan, to the remnant of the reactionary forces concentrated at Chita.
- That the road be opened for the new government to enter Chita.
- That friendly relations be at once established between the republic and the Allied Powers.
- That foreign expeditionary forces leave the country.
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