361.11/3736a: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Consul at Reval (Albrecht)

Deliver following message to Litvinov6 and telegraph Department when it has been done:

“The American Government is advised that, despite the repeated efforts of Doctor Nansen in its behalf to secure the release of the American prisoners in Russia, they are still held and in the most serious plight. In the name of humanity the American Government demands of the Soviet authorities that these prisoners be at once released. It is manifestly impossible for the American authorities to countenance measures for the relief of distress in Russia while our citizens are thus detained.”

Advise Commissioner, Riga.

  1. Maxim M. Litvinov, Assistant Soviet Commissar for Foreign Affairs and Plenipotentiary Representative of the Soviet Republic to Esthonia.