9 February 1974* (388-A) Solzhenitsyn

KGB report. A repeat of ANDROPOV’s suggestion to BREZHNEV that SOLZHENITSYN  could be expelled from USSR to FRG. [Excerpt – No Russian text currently available] total 3 pp.


… On 8 February our representative met with Brandt’s trusted agent in order to discuss the practical aspects of Solzhenitsyn’s deportation from the Soviet Union to the FRG. The following decision, suggested by the FRG representative, was reached as a result of this discussion. On the evening of 12 February the Soviet ambassador in Bonn Comrade Falin will contact State Secretary P. Frank (specifically) with a request to receive him on urgent business at 8.30 am on 13 February.

On 13 February at 8.30 am Comrade Falin will be received by Frank, who should make an announcement about Solzhenitsyn’s deportation. (The text of this announcement is to be presented separately, together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.) A meeting of the Cabinet begins at 10.00 am. Brandt will instruct Bahr, Frank and a representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs to adopt a positive decision. At the request of the West German authorities the plane carrying Solzhenitsyn must be a regular flight, and arrive at Frankfurt-am-Main at 5 pm (local time) on 13 February.

From the moment Solzhenitsyn leaves the plane Soviet representatives will cease participating in this operation… If at the last minute Brandt, despite all his assurances, changes his decision for one reason or another, Solzhenitsyn will remain under arrest and the procurator’s office will investigate his case.



[1] For an uncensored, contemporary account of the events leading up to Solzhenitsyn’s expulsion on 13 February from the USSR, see A Chronicle of Current Events (Moscow) CCE 32.1, July 1974.


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Translation, John Crowfoot