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TELEGRAM OF THE DEPUTY PEOPLE'S COMMISSAR FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS, V.P. POTEMKIN, TO THE PLENIPOTENTIARY REPRESENTATIVE OF THE USSR IN FINLAND, V.K. DEREVYANSKI

Nov. 29, 1939.
Top secret

Today, on 29th of November, at 22 h 30 min. Yrjö-Koskinen received a note signed by Molotov, notifying that the Soviet government could no longer maintain normal relations with Finland and is forced to withdraw its political and economic representatives from there.
You should immediately leave Finland with all employees and their families. The same should by do workers of the trade mission, as well as the officer and staff members of other departments. It is recommended to come out to Tallinn or via Sweden. For securing the building and property it is necessary to retain one person from the embassy and another one - from the trade mission. Immediately inform execution, date of departure, route.

V. P[otemkin]

AVP RF, f. 059, op. I, p. 297, d. 2054, l. 174
Source: Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. Documents of foreign policy. 1939. XXII:2. Nr. 816. Moscow: Mezhdunar. otnosheniya, 1992.
Machine assisted draft translation by Pauli Kruhse.

Finland in the Soviet foreign policy 1939-1940