HC Deb 06 December 1944 vol 406 c541W
Sir J. Wardlaw-Milne

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what progress has been made in his efforts to secure that the wives of British citizens, originally of Russian nationality, should be allowed to leave Russia and rejoin their husbands in this country.

Mr. Eden

I regret to state that little progress has been made. His Majesty's Ambassador in Moscow has done all he can and I raised the question personally when I was in Moscow towards the end of last year. A woman of Soviet nationality does not automatically lose this status on marriage to a British subject and she can only be released from such nationality by the Praesidium of the Supreme Soviet. The Soviet authorities, however, have stated that owing to the war, the consideration of such cases by this body has almost ceased.

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