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Official: War and Air: intelligence reports., 28 Mar-23 Dec 1920

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 16/61

Scope and Contents

Includes secret intelligence reports, intercepted documents and notes of interviews on various subjects including: a copy of the constitution of the Irish Republication Brotherhood; affairs in Poland including opposition to Bolshevism; Savinkoff [Boris Savinkov], [Pyotr] Wrangel, Balahovitch and counter-revolutionaries; the People's Voluntary Army and Russian Political Committee; an approach by [Vladimir] Lenin to [Guglielmo] Marconi to assist with the reorganisation of Russian wireless; White Russia; issues and conditions in Soviet Russia including United States prisoners, supplies of food and fuel (including acorn bread), Lenin, [Leon] Trotsky, the motor-lorry system for transporting produce, requisitioning of crops, escape to Siberia by peasant population, army shortages including use of shoes made from tree bark, anti-Semitism, lack of civil liberties, the media; relations between Bolsheviks and nationalists in the Caucasus; Mustapha Kemal; massacres of Moslems [Muslims]; Turkey; Georgia; the situation in the Middle East including Soviet attempts to provoke internal disorder in Mesopotamia [later Iraq], Anatolia, Egypt; support (finances and military supplies) provided by Italy; negotiations between Bolsheviks and Turkish nationalists; and the possibility of terrorism by counter-revolutionaries against the Bolsheviks in Russia.Also includes notes and comments about the circulation of documents.


  • Creation: 28 Mar-23 Dec 1920

Conditions Governing Access

Opened June 2013 except for folios 76-89 which are available in sanitised form on Cabinet Office instructions under S23 of the Freedom of Information Act. Review date 1 January 2032.


1 file(s) (1 bound file plus 1 folder (total 149 folios))

1 folder(s) (1 bound file plus 1 folder (total 149 folios))

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