860C.51/1480: Telegram

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

8. The local press of January 3d announces that on December 31, 1941 an agreement was signed in the city of Kuibyshev concerning the granting of a loan of 100 million rubles by the Government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics to the Government of the Polish Republic to be utilized for rendering assistance to Polish citizens on Soviet territory.3

  1. The necessity for the removal of the American Embassy from Moscow to Kuibyshev in October 1941, with a reduced staff remaining in Moscow, is explained in Foreign Relations, 1941, vol. i, pp. 866 ff.
  2. The Chargé in the Soviet Union informed the Department in telegram No. 73, January 26, 1942, from Kuibyshev that the local press reported the signature there on January 22 “of an agreement between the Soviet and Polish Governments in accordance with which the former extends to the latter a further loan of 300 million rubles, to be used for the maintenance on Soviet territory of the Polish army.” (860C.20/110) The Financial Counselor of the Polish Embassy in Washington, Janusz Zoltowski, in a memorandum of March 13, 1942, gave the date of this agreement as being December 31, 1941 (860C.51/1488).