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

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


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               UNION OF SOVIET SOCIALIST REPUBLICS              1053
   Mrs. Kasenkina has stated to .Soviet Vice Consul Chepurnyk[h] in
 the presence of witnesses that she does not wish to see him or any
 other Soviet representative. Mrs. Kasenkina has been under no re-
 strictions of any kind other than those normally required by medical
 practice for patients suffering from injuries such as she sustained. It
 is understood that she is rapidly regaining her health. Upon her re-
 covery and departure from the hospital, Mrs. Kasenkina will continue
 to be free to see whomsoever she wishes, and of course she will enjoy
 complete freedom of movement. Mr. Samarin has stated under oath
 to a subcommittee of the Congress, before which he appeared at his
 own request, that he determined voluntarily and: on his own initiative
 to renounce his Soviet citizenship and to remain in the United States.
 He of course enjoys complete freedom of movement and can see whom-
 soever he wishes. In these circumstances, the United States Govern-
 ment must consider the matter closed.
 The Department of State has taken note of the intention of the
 Soviet Government to close its Consulates General at New York and
 San Francisco, and its decision, in conformity with the principle of
 reciprocity, to consider the United States Consulate General at Vladi-
 vostok subject to immediate closing, and to withdraw the permission
 for the opening of a United States Consulate General at Leningrad.
 Accordingly, on August 27 the Department of State closed the United
 States Consulate General in Vladivostok and is completing the neces-
 sary arrangements for vacating the premises as promptly as possible.2
 The Department will appreciate being advised of the official dates of
 the final closing of the Soviet Consulates General in the United States.3
 WASHINGTON, September 9, 1948.
 2Preparations for winding up the affairs of the Consulate General at Vladi-
 vostok and for the clearing out of the property were begun at once. Vice
Consul
 Scott C. Lyon informed the Department of State near the end of September
with
 some apparent surprise that the local agencies at Vladivostok were cooperating
 extraordinarily well to assist in the closure, so that he expected to be
able to
 depart for Moscow on October 1, 1948.
 3The Department of State noted that the consulates general of the Soviet
 Union were closed for business on August 26, 1948. The Embassy of the Soviet
 Union declared in its note No. 1 of January 6, 1949, that "August 24,
1948 should
 be considered the official date of the closing of the 'Consulates General
of the
 U.S.S.R. in the U.S.A." (702.6111/1-649) At New York, the premises
were re-
ported as evacuated on September 30, and the last personnel entrained from
San Francisco on October 1. The sailings on the way to the Soviet Union of
Vice
Consul Chepurnykh with his family, and of Consul General Lomakin, were
reported in the New York Times, August 26 and 29, 1948, p. 1.


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