12 June 1970* (1610-A) Sverdlovsk

KGB about arrests of members of an anti-Soviet youth organization in Sverdlovsk (2 pp). [R 12 June 1970, 1610-A] Excerpt.


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[added Top] Secret

USSR Committee for State Security [KGB]
of the USSR Council of Ministers

12 June 1970
No. 1610-A

To the CPSU Central Committee

The KGB for the Sverdlovsk Region [1] has uncovered an illegal youth group calling itself the “Party of Free Russia” or the “Revolutionary Workers’ Party”. […]

Using a typewriter the members of this group produced in two sessions about 700 leaflets, titled “A note to the Soviet government from the Working Youth of the USSR” and “Minus a Future, Plus the Past = Contemporary Socialism”. On 7 November 1969 [anniversary of the October Revolution] a considerable proportion of these leaflets were thrown from the viaduct over Cosmonauts Avenue in Sverdlovsk on the column of workers from the Electric Train Repair Factory and a group of demonstrators from the polytechnic and law institutes.


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For your information

Chairman of the State Security Committee

[signed] Andropov



[1] Today renamed Yekaterinburg, this major industrial centre in the Urals is far from any border  and in Soviet times was closed to foreigners.


1. Notes and additions by translator and editor are bracketed, thus [ ];
2. Text added by hand is indicated in italic script;
3. when a handwritten phrase, figure or word has been inserted
in a previously typed document it is indicated by underlined italic script.

Translation, John Crowfoot