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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎114r] (227/434)

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The record is made up of 1 file (214 folios). It was created in 31 Aug 1933-20 Mar 1939. It was written in English and French. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.


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and makes no impression of strength. His relative Huseyn ad-Dabbagh is
probably hotter stuff and I think there is some disappointment that he has not
also returned so far to the Saudi fold.
3. When speaking privately to Faud Bey about the return of Tahir
and connected matters, I took an opportunity of impressing on him the
seriousness of the efforts made by the British authorities concerned in and
after 1932 to curb the activities of persons engaged in anti-Saudi conspira
cies abroad.
4. I am sending copies of this despatch to Bagdad, Aden and Trans-
( 12 )
{Received on 15th February 1936, with Political Secretary's letter No. 5,
dated 30th January 1936.)
Enclosure in Foreign Office covering letter, dated 22nd January 1936.
Note on Monsieur Khakimov's 'previous career in Jedda.
Kerim Khakimov arrived in Jedda on the 6th August 1924. He is a
Tartar from Ufa and a Moslem. He was described by Mr. Consul Bullard
as very young for the post (about 31 or 32) but clever and an enthusiastic
Communist. He spoke Persian very well, besides Russian, Turkish and
Turki and was rapidly learning Arabic and French.
After a period of inaction he seems to have indulged in violent anti-
British propaganda and lost no opportunity of preaching the mission of
the Soviet Union to liberate the East. His activities caused some concern
to the authorities in Egypt and the Sudan and His Majesty’s High Com
missioner in Cairo suggested that it might be advisable to approach Ibn
Sand with a view to the suppression of the Soviet Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. . The Acting
British Agent, however, expressed the view that M. Kliakimov’s propa
ganda was ineffective, that his drunkenness and general behaviour were
such as to warn off all but the most stupid and that it would therefore be
inadvisable to act on the High Commissioner’s suggestion.
M. Khakimov left Jedda on leave in October 1927. In reporting his
departure, Mr. Consul Stonehewer-Bird stated that it was unlikely that he
would return. He was unfit to stand the climate and was unable to do
anything in moderation. He either drank himself into a nervous break
down or was a teetotaller. V/
Owing to the mishandling of a Soviet trade “push” by the Charge
d’Affaires, M. Khakimov was recalled to Jedda in February 1928. He was
worried and depressed over the lack of success of his mission and was very
bitter against His Majesty’s Government. He finally left in October and
passed through Jedda again in June 1929, on his way to the Yemen, wdiere
he had been appointed Soviet commercial representative. He returned to
Russia from the Yemen in January 1932. (
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The file contains the Foreign Office confidential prints of the Arabia Series for the years 1933 to 1938. It includes correspondence, memoranda, and extracts from newspapers. The correspondence is principally between the British Legation in Jedda and the Foreign Office. Other correspondents include British diplomatic, political, and military offices, foreign diplomats, heads of state, tribal leaders, corporations, and individuals in the Middle East region.

Each annual series is composed of several numbered serials that are often connected to a particular subject. The file covers many subjects related to the affairs of Saudi Arabia.

Included in the file are the following:

  • a memorandum on Arab Unity produced by the Foreign Office dated 12 June 1933 (author unknown), folios 11-13;
  • a memorandum on petroleum in Arabia produced by the Petroleum Department dated 5 August 1933 (author unknown), folios 23-26;
  • a record of interviews with Ibn Sa‘ūd, King of Saudi Arabia, conducted by Reader Bullard and George William Rendel between 20 and 22 March 1937;
  • a memorandum on Yemen by Captain B W Seager, the Frontier Officer, dated 20 July 1937;
  • several records of proceedings of ships on patrol in the Red Sea, including that of HMS Penzance , Hastings , Colombo , Bideford , and Londonderry .

Folios 213-15 are internal office notes.

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1 file (214 folios)

The file is arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1 and terminates at the back cover with 217; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. An additional foliation sequence is also present in parallel between ff 2-215; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence.

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