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THE TELEGRAM OF THE PLENIPOTENTIARY OF THE USSR IN FINLAND V.K.DEREVYANSKY IN THE PEOPLE'S COMMISSARIAT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE USSR

On October 9, 1939
Strictly secret

Today it became known that in connection with receiving the invitation of the Soviet Union Erkko repeatedly consulted to the local envoy of England Snow and as a reply, Snow declared today that in case of request from the USSR for territorial demands Finland should not go on to any concessions, right until the armed fight, without counting any sorts of sacrifices. England, for its part, guarantees independence of Finland. It is also known that several days ago the Finnish bourgeoisie appealed in an address to Hitler in which they asked Hitler not to go on with the further concessions to the Soviet Union in its claims in the Baltic Sea basin and to disagree in satisfying all sorts of demands concerning Finland. With this address went Normen and Riski to Germany. As a reply, they were received by Hitler who allegedly recommended them to disagree with requirements of the Soviet Union up to a military conflict. Today in Helsinki, as well as in other sites in the country, the special active involvement in the army and especially among the population is observed. All barracks and some schools and public buildings are filled by just called up reservists. There is a strong transfer of troops into the eastern direction. An entire regiment of a White Guard urgently left Helsinki. At the majority of military warehouses big shipment was throughout the day observed. In particular, from Vyborg it is reported that there today there was a strong movement of troops among which Party of the populaf movement "IKL" [IKL, Isänmaallinen Kansanliike] circulates slogans, the anti-Soviet leaflets calling for armed fight against the USSR. The only railway station in Helsinki is overflowed with population directing to the province.

Envoy
AVP Russian Federation, f. 059, op. 1, p. 297, d. 2053, l. 193 194

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. Documents of foreign policy. 1939. XXII:2. No. 670. Moscow: Mezhdunar. otrosheniya, 1992.

Finland in the Soviet foreign policy 1939-1940