Russia. No. 1 (1919). - 1. Sir M. Findlay to Mr. Balfour.


A Collection of Reports on Bolshevism in Russia.



No. 1

Sir M. Findlay to Mr. Balfour. (Received August 20.)

(Telegraphic) Christiania, August 19, 1918.

I HAVE received following telegram dated the 9th August from Woodhouse and Cromie at Petrograd to General Poole :―

"British subjects have been arrested during the past two days without any charge having been made against them, but only two have been detained so far. We protested and asked for explanation. On 5th August all British officials at Moscow were arrested, but the majority were subsequently released and are presumably now under house arrest.

"Their probable evacuation was notified to us, and we were warned to be ready to leave with them, but as yet we have no definite news from them. Commissary threatens to intern all allied subjects. Please inform London of above, as we are not allowed to telegraph in any direction. Tell London also that up to the present all are well here. In Petrograd position of Soviet Power is becoming rapidly untenable, and orders are being given for various units and places to be evacuated.

That they are in touch with Germans is quite evident. A yacht is ready at Peterhof to take Lenin away."