25 October 1979* (St 182/27) Madrid Conference

Secretariat. Concern about US intentions at forthcoming CSCE conference in Madrid [Russian: 25 October 1979, St 182-27] total 3 pp.


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Workers of all Lands, Unite!


[Text along left-hand margin] Return to the CPSU Central Committee (General Department, sector 1) within 15 days of receipt (Central Committee Resolution of 17 June 1976, St 12/4)

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No St 182/27, 25 October 1979

Excerpt from item 27 of Minutes No 182 of the Central Committee Secretariat

Memorandum from the Central Committee Department of Foreign Political Propaganda, No 7D-110 of 19 October 1979

Agree to the proposal presented in the Memorandum from the Central Committee Department of Foreign Political Propaganda (attached).



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Supplement to item 27 of Minutes No 182

To the CPSU Central Committee

The preparation in the USA of a new act of political sabotage linked to the forthcoming Madrid meeting

An analysis of the materials of the US Congress made by the USSR Academy of Sciences’ Institute of the USA and Canada, provides is evidence of a strengthening campaign to add the “issue of the Soviet Baltic republics” to the agenda of the Madrid meeting of participants of the pan-European gathering [note 1].

A number of congressmen (members of the House of Representatives (Derwinski, Nowak, Dingell, Mikulski, Zablocki and others; and Senators (Ribicoff, Percy, Glenn, Dole, Schweiker and Lugar) connected with the bourgeois-nationalist circles of the Baltic, Ukrainian and Belorussian emigration, intend to secure the examination in Madrid, as separate items on the agenda, of “the unlawful seizure and annexation to the Soviet Union of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania” and “the refusal of the USSR to permit the right to national self-determination and territorial autonomy of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania”. They intend to put forward a demand for the release of so-called political prisoners from the Baltic republics and for [free] emigration from those republics.

Furthermore, the question is being considered whether to raise at the meeting the situation of Ukraine and Belorussia as part of the USSR, including the “self-determination” of Ukraine and Belorussia; also, the “restoration” of the Ukrainian Catholic and Autocephalous Orthodox Church.

The initiative of the congressmen named above has gained the support of the majority of members of the House of Representatives. For the time being this does not oblige the administration to take specific action but for demagogic reasons may provide [President] Carter with an excuse to unleash a new hostile campaign against the USSR.


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In view of this provocative commotion in the American Congress we think it expedient for our missions abroad to gather additional information about the intentions of the USA at the meeting in Madrid.

We ask for your consideration.

Central Committee Department of Foreign Political Propaganda

19 October 1979, No 7D-110



[1] The Madrid Conference was part of the follow-up to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe that in August 1975 agreed the Helsinki Accords. Preceded by the Belgrade Conference (1977-1978), the conference in Madrid ran from November 1980 to September 1983.

Cf. Moscow Helsinki Group document No 138 (20 August 1980).


  • 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 added to a previously typed document it is indicated by underlined italic script.

Annotation and translation, John Crowfoot