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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 -REPUBLICS14
had.voluntarily visited-the New York Office of the Federal Bureau.
of Investigation.4 This information does not in any-way. support the
allegation that there is any-connection between the organization re-
ferred to. in the Soviet Government's note as the Tolstoy Fund
(presumably Tolstoy Foundation) and the Federal Bureau of Inves-
tigation, -and this Government must categorically deny that any such
connection exists. Moreover, this Government has. no information
which would justify, the statement that the Tolstoy Foundation is
engaged in criminal activity as alleged in the Embassy's.note.
Oksana S. Ka-enk-rv
  'The reports of the competent United' States authorities show that
Oksana Kasenkina on July 29, 1948 informed the editor of a-Russian
language newspaper in New York City that she did not wish to return.
to the Soviet Union. Through him arrangements were made for her
to go to Reed Farm, Valley Cottage New York which she did in a
public autobus on July 31. According to her own statements, which
are corroborated by the testimony of a number of persons, she went
to the Farm voluntarily 'and stayed there of her own free will. She
has stated that she wrote to, the Soviet Consul General in'New York
informing him where -she was but- she denies stating that she was kid-
napped. 'The full text of her letter has never been made available to
the competent United lStates authorities although its production would
have facilitated investigation of the charges made in the Embassy's
note and it would be appreciated if a photostatic copy we're furnished
to this Department. This Department would also like to receive a
photostatic copy of the letter which the New York police -authorities
found in Mrs. Kasenkina's room at the Consulate General and which
was returned to the Consulate General unopened after it was ascer-
tained that she had jumped from a window of the Consulate.
  Mrs. Kasenkina has further stated that the interview.which she
gave to the 'press on August 7 was arranged by the Consulate General
and that she was instructed to make false statements to the effect that
she had been kidnapped.
  Mrs. Kasenkina was interviewed at the hospital by Vice Consul
Chepurnykh. As the Ambassador was advised on August 14, should
she desire to see any other Soviet official she is completely free to do
so
but this Government will not compel her to do so nor will it turn
her over against her will to the Soviet authorities. This Government
recognizes the right of Soviet officials in the United States to take
appropriate measures for the protection of the rights of Soviet citizens.
Such Soviet citizens are, however themselves entitled to the protection
  'See the memorandum of conversation by the Counselor of the Department
of
State Charles E. Bohlen, dated August 9, p. 1030.
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