Davison had any relations with Sir Paul Dukes. As M. Chicherin
claims that the execution was carried out only after proper trial
and in accordance with Soviet law, you should request to be allowed
to examine the record of the evidence brought before the court and
of its proceedings. In the meanwhile you should inform M.
Chicherin that His Majesty's Government reserve full liberty of
action. If the evidence or the proceedings, on examination, prove
to be faulty or insufficient, His Majesty's Government must insist
on full compensation being paid without delay to Mr. Davison's
widow. If this is refused or the record of the court is withheld,
even publicity will be given to this scandalous case, the injustice
of which the Soviet Government itself, by its action, would thus
appear to confirm.
I am, &c.
CURZON OF KEDLESTON.
.1/;'. Moult/ornery Grove to Soviet Government.
The Acting British Agent presents his compliments to the
People's Commissary for Foreign Affairs, and has the honour to state
that he has been instructed by his Government to draw attention to
the case of a British subject, Mr. Charles Frederick Davison, who
was shot near Petrograd on the night of the 16th-17th January, 1920.
The facts were communicated by the Foreign Office on the 2nd
October, 1920, in an en clair telegram addressed to M. Chicherin,
who, in a reply received on the 26th December, 1920, stated that
Mr. Davison owed his arrest and execution to Sir Paul Dukes's
activities, whereby he became involved in the so-called fuel scandal
of Benislavsky and Sorgenfrey in Petrograd. M. Chicherin added
that Mr. Davison was condemned to death on the 15th January,
1920, at a session of the Presidium of the Petrograd Extraordinary
Commission in the presence of five juridically competent members,
in accordance with regulations issued on the 2nd November, 1918,
for Extraordinary Commissions and with the decree of the All-
Russian Central Executive Committee of the 22nd June, 1919,
articles 2, 4, and 6.
With regard to the first part of this statement, His Majesty's
Government have now definitely ascertained that Sir Paul Dukes had
no dealings with Mr. Davison, nor even knew of his existence.
With regard to the second part, His Majesty's Government
request that this mission should be allowed to examine the record
of the evidence brought before the court and of the proceedings of the
In the meantime, His Majesty's Government reserve full liberty
of action. If the evidence or the proceedings, on examination, prove