The Ambassador in the Soviet Union (Steinhardt) to the Secretary of State
Moscow, September 25, 1940—7 p.m. [Received September 26—12:57 a.m.]
1232. The Moscow press today contains no reference to Finland. The sudden recrudescence yesterday of anti-Finnish items in the press after a month's silence on the subject may have been due to Soviet knowledge of the Finnish agreement with Germany announced on the British radio today to permit German troops to pass through Finland en route to Norway. Although the paper in question has not yet been received by the Embassy, I am informed by an American correspondent that a recent edition of a paper in Petrozavodsk, Soviet Karelia, contained a violent attack upon Finland, asserting that the Society for Friendship and Peace with the Soviet Union is only prevented from becoming an overwhelming mass movement in Finland by the terroristic and repressive actions of the Finnish Government.
Repeated to Helsinki.
Source: Foreign relations of the United States. Diplomatic papers. 1940. Volume I. General. (ACTIVITIES OF THE SOVIET UNION IN E A S T E R N
EUROPE, AND SOVIET RELATIONS WITH THE BELLIGERENT POWERS). Department of State, Historical Division, Bureau of Public Affairs, 1959. (University of Wisconsin Digital Collections)