Politburo. Provide “special equipment” to the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) in exchange for a collection of art objects from the Ancient World (2 pp). [R 27 Nov 84, Pb 185-49]
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Excerpt from Minutes (No. 185) of the meeting of the Politburo
of the CPSU Central Committee, held on 27 November 1984
Issue raised by the Ministry of Defence and
the USSR Committee for State Security
1. To endorse the suggestions of the Ministry of Defence and the USSR Committee for State Security, set out in a memorandum of 26 November 1984.
2. Charge the KGB of the USSR to:
a) inform the leadership of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) of the Soviet side’s agreement in principle to supply the DFLP with special equipment to the value of 15 million roubles in exchange for a collection of art objects of the Ancient World,
b) accept DFLP requests for delivery of special equipment within the limits of the above-named sum,
c) join forces with the USSR Ministry of Culture in taking the necessary steps concerning the legal aspect of acquiring the collection of artefacts.
3. Charge the State Committee for Economic Ties and the Ministry of Defence with studying the request of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine for special equipment to the sum of 15 million roubles (within the scope of the list of supplies permitted to national liberation movements), forwarded via the KGB of the USSR, and record suggestions for their fulfilment, agreed with the KGB of the USSR, in the standard fashion.
4. Charge the USSR Ministry of Culture to:
a) receive a collection of art objects of the Ancient World, detailed in a special list, from the KGB of the USSR,
b) in consultation with the KGB of the USSR, determine the place and special conditions for housing the collection (“The Golden Hoard”), its secret expert study and future exhibition. In consultation with the USSR Ministry of Finance, submit an estimate according to standard procedure for the necessary financial assignations,
c) confer with the KGB of the USSR about the display of individual items or parts of the collection.
SECRETARY OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE
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Translation, George Sklyar