Russia. No. 1 (1919). - 22. Mr. Alston to Mr. Balfour.

No. 22.

Mr. Alston to Mr. Balfour―(Received January 15.)

(Telegraphic.) Vladivostock, January 14, 1919.

I HAVE received following from consul at Ekaterinburg,dated the 13th January :―

"The number of innocent civilians brutally murdered in Ural towns run into hundreds. Officers taken prisoners by Bolsheviks here had their shoulder straps nailed into their shoulders, girls have been raped, some of the civilians have been found with their eyes pierced out, others without noses, whilst twenty-five priests were shot at Perm, Bishop Andronick having been buried alive there .

"I have been promised the total number of killed and other details, when available."