KGB on its actions to discredit the decision of the Nobel Prize Committee to award the Peace Prize to SAKHAROV (4 pp). [R 15 October 1975] Excerpt.
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16 May 1975, No. 1218-A
To the CPSU Central Committee
Measures to discredit the decision of the Nobel Committee
to award the Peace Prize to A.D. Sakharov
Instruct the Central Committee Departments for Research and Educational Institutions and for Propaganda, together with the Presidium of the USSR Academy of Sciences, to prepare on behalf of the Presidium of the USSR Academy of Sciences and leading Soviet scholars and scientists an open letter denouncing the act of the Nobel Committee in awarding the Peace Prize to a person who has taken the path of anti-constitutional and anti-social activities. This compromises the said organisation and prompts regret. The said letter, signed by members of the
Presidium and by leading Soviet scholars and scientists is to be published in the newspaper “Izvestiya”;
The newspaper “Trud” is to publish a sketch in which the award to Sakharov of the Nobel Peace Prize worth 122,000 dollars is presented as a handout from reactionary Western circles for his constant slander of the Soviet social and State system;
Use APN to promote materials in the West arguing that to award the peace prize to a person who is against a relaxation in international tension and interprets events in Chile, Vietnam, Cambodia and the Middle East from an extremely reactionary viewpoint, is contrary to the policy of the Soviet State and of all progressive forces in the world, aimed at a relaxation in international tension and disarmament;
In the West promote articles via KGB channels that show the absurdity of the Nobel Committee’s decision in awarding a peace prize to someone who invented a weapon of mass destruction;
A draft of the Central Committee Resolution is attached.
We request authorisation.
Chairman of the State Security Committee
[pages three and four – text of draft Resolution]
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Translation, John Crowfoot