HC Deb 27 June 1872 vol 212 c287

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether any communications have been made to the Russian Government respecting the recent murders of Englishmen in the Caucasus?


The case of Colonel Roundell, who was travelling from India to England viâ Persia and the Caucasus, and who has not been heard of since the 19th of September last, when he was supposed to be on the road between Erivan and Tiflis, has been diligently inquired into by the Governor of Elizabetopol, in the Caucasus, and the Grand Duke has given orders for every possible search to be made. Lord Augustus Loftus has also been instructed to ask for a continuance of the inquiries which the authorities in the Caucasus have already undertaken with readiness and zeal. In the case of Mr. Swinson, a civil engineer, who was murdered and robbed near the town of Poti in December last, instructions were sent by telegraph to Her Majesty's Chargé d' Affaires at St. Petersburg to request the Russian Government to make the necessary judicial inquiries. This was promptly done. Mr. Swinson's servant was arrested on suspicion; a searching investigation was made, but no proofs could be substantiated as to his guilt; and up to the present the police have not been able to discover any clue to the real assassin or assassins.