861.00/6059: Telegram

The High Commissioner at Constantinople (Bristol) to the Secretary of State

146. Situation Denikin for time being at least appears to have passed from critical to desperate phase. Report that Denikin has warned the Allied missions in Russia that unless their nations send him at once a large trained army Allied missions must leave the country is approximately true. General Wrangel has taken severe measures to restore morale of center army, of which he recently assumed command.

Headquarters of Denikin government is transferred to Ekaterinodar. The evacuation of Odessa to the Crimea is being considered, the Allied men have gone to Odessa to assist refugees. Opinion in responsible quarters here forecasts ultimate triumph of Bolsheviks and the powerful spread of their ideas throughout the world. Key to present situation is in increasing extent of German influence and military aid in Russia.