811.32/2–1745: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in the Soviet Union (Harriman)

1586. ReEmb’s A–40, February 17, and others. If Embassy has not done so recently it should bring to the attention of Soviet authorities its continued interest in favorable action on the applications for permission to leave the Soviet Union made by Soviet wives of American citizens, pointing out unfavorable impression created on American relatives who fail to understand why authorization is not granted. Particular case in point is hardship of separation expressed by Uskievich who is about to go on combat duty and who before leaving [Page 1152]United States has again requested Dept and Naval Operations to endeavor to obtain permission for his wife to come to the United States.

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