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The Czechoslovak Legion, a unit of the Russian Army formed in large part from Austro-Hungarian deserters, has revolted against the Bolsheviks, following a broken promise of safe passage through Soviet territory. On May 14, a Soviet train was stopped in Chelyabinsk, in the Urals, and a Soviet soldier aboard was shot and killed following his throwing a rock at a Czech soldier and injuring him. The local Soviet government arrested and ordered the execution of several Czech soldiers, but other members of the Legion freed their men and have occupied the city. The Czechoslovak Legion has begun occupying other cities along the railway.

On May 16, the Espionage Act in the United States was extended. Earlier in the month, Joseph Franklin Rutherford & other directors of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society were arrested, following the publication of a book expounding on the prophecies of Revelation and Ezekiel, and calling on Christians to seek higher authorities than civil government, especially in light of the ongoing war.

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