361.1121 Hrinkevich, Frank/20: Telegram

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

178. Referring to Department’s telegram No. 12, January 11, 7 p.m., regarding Frank Hrinkevich.

Hrinkevich’s wife and son have been granted permission to renounce Soviet citizenship and to make arrangements to depart from this country in the near future.
At Embassy’s request Foreign Office has asked appropriate internal officials to allow Frank Hrinkevich to come to Moscow to apply for passport but no definite reply has been received as yet regarding this matter. However Foreign Office advises Embassy that in cases involving deportation it is usual practice of foreign Embassies to transmit passports of persons to be deported to Foreign Office for further transmission to appropriate internal authorities. Does the Department authorize issuance of passport for Hrinkevich without his personal appearance at Embassy in the event he is not permitted to come to Moscow.
Soviet authorities undertake to pay transportation charges for Hrinkevich only to Soviet border. Hrinkevich has partly [sic] third class steamer accommodations on French Line from Havre to New York. He and his family are without funds and money is required to pay for transportation of Hrinkevich from Soviet border to Havre and for wife and son from Moscow to New York. Amount required for transportation and incidental expenses will not exceed $325. Embassy has no funds available. Owing to the importance of this case from the standpoint of its precedence value to the Embassy [Page 721]in connection with the handling of pending and of future cases of similar nature the Department is urgently requested to advise Embassy whether needed funds for the departure of the Hrinkevich family can be furnished by Department or by Red Cross or other organization.