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TELEGRAM OF USSR CHARGÉ d'AFFAIRES IN FINLAND, M.G. YUDANOV, TO THE USSR PEOPLE'S COMMISSARIAT FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Nov. 27 1939.
Top secret.

In an interview given by Erkko, this night, November 27, to Swedish journalists, it was attempted in the press statement of Mannerheim to the Finnish press to present the Finnish artillery shelling of the Soviet territory, for the world public opinion as a "Russian provocation." Hasty military activities, carried out since 5:00, November 26, confirmed that the Finnish government was immediately informed about the actions of the Finnish artillery at Mainila. Even before receiving the note of the Soviet government, the Finnish command transferred on Sunday night large military forces from Helsinki and other places to the Karelian Isthmus by rail, [on] the cars and buses. Over the past two days, the movement of troops to the border is particularly noticeable. It is said that some of the soldiers are taking the fling to their superiors. They demand for going on the "Muscovites", or to be discharged. There have been cases of disarming "ardent patriots" to avoid their unwarranted performances. In Helsinki, for the last two days, the protection of military facilities and public buildings is strengthened. It is reported that the State Council granted emergency powers to Mannerheim.

Yudanov
AVP RF, f. 059, op. 1, p. 300, d. 2078, l. 310—327
Source: Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. Documents of Foreign Policy. 1939. XXII:2. No. 812. Moscow: Mezhdunar. otnosheniya, 1992.

Finland in the Soviet foreign policy 1939-1940