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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1948. Eastern Europe; The Soviet Union

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics,   pp. 788-1053 PDF (102.0 MB)

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July 11, 1946, and to inform you that as this official is no longer ac-
ceptable to the Government of the United States, his recognition has
been revoked by an Act of the President dated August 23, 1948, which
is enclosed.'
  Accept [etc.]                        For the Secretary of State:
                                              CHARLES E. BoHLEN
 Not printed.
 The Secretary of State to the Ambassador of the Soviet Union
                          (Panyushkin) 1
  'The Secretary of State presents his compliments to His Excellency
the Ambassador of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and has the
honor to refer to his note no. 156 of August 24, 1948 regarding the case
of Mrs. Kasenkina and Mr. Samarin and to acknowledge the receipt of
photostatic copies of the two letters by Mrs. Kasenkina which were
requested in the Department's note dated August 19,1948.
  The Department of State notes that the Soviet Government reaffirms
the position taken in its earlier communications on this subject and
rejects the position of the Department of State with respect to the
abuse of his prerogatives by the Consul General of the USSR in New
York. The Department of State has nothing to add to its note on this
subject dated August 19, and must categorically reject as without any
basis in fact the wholly unsubstantiated accusations made against the
Federal Bureau of Investigation and the welfare organization known
as the Tolstoy Foundation.
  The Department of State also notes that the Soviet Government
again "insists that opportunity for free and unobstructed access to
Kasenkina and Samarin be granted to the representatives of the 'Soviet
Union in the U.S.A." The Department in its note of August 19, 1948
stated that they were completely free to see any Soviet official if they
desired, but that this Government could not compel either of them to
do so. The Soviet Government must therefore have realized that com-
pliance with this request would be incompatible with the principles of
law on which the United States Government was founded and to which
it adheres. The persons of individuals in the United States are not
liable to restraint or compulsion except in accordance with duly en-
acted statutes and subject to constitutional safeguards. It is aSmatter
exclusively for the determination of Mrs. Kasenkina and Mr. Samarin
whether they will see the representatives of the Soviet Government.
  The text of this note was sent to the Embassy in the Soviet Union in telegram
1083 from Washington on September 9, 1948, 4 p. m. It was also- printed in
Department of State Bulletin, September 26, 1948, pp. 408-409.

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