361.1121 Hrinkevich, Frank/11: Telegram

The Chargé in the Soviet Union ( Henderson ) to the Secretary of State

340. My 312, November 30, 4 p.m. No reply has been received to the Embassy’s note of November 29, requesting that it be informed of the specific charges under which Hrinkevich was arrested and was then confined. In a letter dated December 8, Vinogradov stated “the competent authorities are prepared to deport Hrinkevich beyond the boundaries of the Soviet Union as soon as the documents now at the Embassy, and which are necessary for his departure, will be validated”. The “documents” are his expired passport. Vinogradov’s statement together with the failure of the Foreign Office to give the Embassy the requested information supports the opinion of the Embassy set forth in the second sentence of the Embassy’s telegram under reference.

The Embassy does not desire to hasten his deportation until his Soviet wife and child obtain permission to depart from the Soviet Union.