A letter to Mikoyan from Ivy Litvinov [née Low] in defence of her grandson, Pavel, arrested after the Red Square demonstration; forwarded by Mikoyan to Brezhnev.
[R 4 September 1968]
[page one of one]
Dear Anastas Ivanovich,
I’m writing this in distress: my grandson Pavel Litvinov is in Lefortovo prison. I don’t know on what charges, all I know is that he is a decent and honest boy who treasures his Fatherland. Maxim Maximovich  loved him so!
Dear Anastas Ivanovich, please see if you can help him, He is so young and I am so very old.
Respectfully and hopefully yours,
4 September 1968
[handwritten note to Brezhnev across top left-hand corner]
May I request your attention.
Putting Litvinov’s grandson and others on trial at the moment […] would mean giving our enemies fresh ammunition. They have spent quite some time in jail. I believe it would be more reasonable this time to caution them and let them go,
13 September 
Politburo members to be familiarized with this.
(Signed) L. Brezhnev [illegible signatures]
 Maxim Litvinov was USSR People’s Commissar (Minister) for Foreign Affairs from 1930 to May 1939.
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Translation, George Sklyar