31 January 1938* (Pb 57/48) Great Terror

Dealing with “Anti-Soviet Elements”. Politburo accepts NKVD request to increase quotas for 1st category arrests (executions) and 2nd category arrests in 22 Republics and Regions across the USSR. [Russian: 31 January 1938, Pb 57-48] total 2 pp. ==================================== [page one of two] Return within 24 hours to the Central Committee Special Sector STRICTLY SECRET (From Special … Continue reading 31 January 1938* (Pb 57/48) Great Terror

31 December 1938* [Stalin] Great Terror

Stalin’s written permission for the Krasnoyarsk Region (Siberia) to carry out several thousand additional “1st category arrests” (executions). The instruction was written in pencil on a small, plain slip of paper.  [R 31 December 1938] ======================================= Permit Krasnoyarsk Region 6,600 additional ‘1st category’ arrests. For Stalin, I.V. ====================================== NOTES General 1. Notes and additions by … Continue reading 31 December 1938* [Stalin] Great Terror

4 May 1975* (1103-A) May Day

4 May 1975, 1103-A [2.2; 3.2] – KGB memorandum. The situation during the 1975 May Day celebrations. [R 4 May 1975, 1103-A] =========================================================== [page one of one] Secret State Security Committee [KGB] at the USSR Soviet of Ministers 4 May 1975, No 1103-A Moscow To the CPSU Central Committee The 1975 May Day celebrations proceeded … Continue reading 4 May 1975* (1103-A) May Day

30 December 1980** (St 243/8) North Caucasus

Secretariat. Memo from ANDROPOV about anti-Russian propaganda in Karachaevo-Cherkessk region, North Caucasus (7 pp).  [R 30 Dec 80, 7 pp] --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [Translator’s notes are bracketed] #CT-243 of 12.30.80/TOP SECRET/SPECIAL FOLDER RESOLUTION Of the Secretariat of the CC of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Re: Memorandum of the Committee for State Security of the … Continue reading 30 December 1980** (St 243/8) North Caucasus

19 December 1957** (KGB) Landau

KGB report. ACADEMICIAN LEV LANDAU’s admiration for the Hungarian insurgents and comments about Bolshevik fascism (17 pp). [R 19 December 1957] ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Top Secret, copy #2 CPSU, Central Committee To Comrade KIRILLIN V. A., personally December 20, 1957 At your request, sending the Academy member L.D. Landau's file ATTACHMENT: 16 sheets. Chairman of the KGB … Continue reading 19 December 1957** (KGB) Landau

3 September 1953** [Central Committee] Special assignments

Secretariat. Creation at Ministry of Internal Affairs of Special Division No.12 for “special assignments” (diversion, sabotage, assassination) abroad. Structure, functions, etc of Special Division (7 pp). [R 3 September 1953] ============================================================   [page one of seven] Top Secret Special File CENTRAL COMMITTEE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF THE SOVIET UNION RESOLUTION On the institution of … Continue reading 3 September 1953** [Central Committee] Special assignments

11 January 1991* (No 00766) Lithuania

Central Committee. Report from Committee officials in Lithuania about the attempted takeover by the "Committee for National Salvation" (4 pp). [R 11 Jan 91] ========================================================== [page one of four] To the CPSU Central Committee About the events in Lithuania Senior staff of the [CPSU] Central Committee (Comrades Kazyulin and Udovichenko) who are in Lithuania, report … Continue reading 11 January 1991* (No 00766) Lithuania

19 February 1986* (321-Ch/ov) KGB report for 1985

KGB head CHEBRIKOV delivers to GORBACHEV his highly classified report on the Committee's work in 1985: counter-intelligence, industrial espionage and exposure of "domestic subversion" (9 pp). [R 19 Feb 86, 321-Ch-ov] Excerpt. ===================================== [page one of nine] SPECIAL FILE Special Importance USSR Committee of State Security [KGB] of the USSR Council of Ministers 19 February … Continue reading 19 February 1986* (321-Ch/ov) KGB report for 1985

30 December 1980* (St 243/8) North Caucasus

Secretariat. Resolution on action to take about anti-Russian feeling and actions in Karachaevo-Cherkessk Autonomous Region (North Caucasus). Based on 6-page report from ANDROPOV, 9 December 1980, No 2576-A. [R 30 Dec 80, 7 pp] (7 pp.) Excerpt. ========================================================== [page one of seven] No St 243/8, 30 December 1980 Top Secret SPECIAL FILE RESOLUTION of the … Continue reading 30 December 1980* (St 243/8) North Caucasus

26 December 1986* (2521‑Ch) Pardons

KGB report (Chebrikov). Proposal to issue State pardons for special categories of criminals [dissidents] on condition that they cease their "anti-Soviet" activities (6 pp). [Russian: 26 Dec 86, 2522-Ch] Excerpts. ====================================== [page one of six] Top Secret 26 December 1986, No 2521-Ch To the CPSU Central Committee Freeing certain categories of individual from criminal responsibility and … Continue reading 26 December 1986* (2521‑Ch) Pardons

1 April 1978* (785-A) Trials

Joint memorandum to Central Committee from KGB, Procurator-General and ?Ministry of Justice. Delay trials of “anti-Soviet elements” -- dissidents Anatoly SHCHARANSKY, Alexander GINZBURG, Yury ORLOV and Zviad GAMSAKHURDIA (and the "spies" Lubman, Filatov and Nilov) --  until a politically suitable time (excerpts). [R 1 April 1978, 785-A] total 4 pp. ========================================================== [page one of four] … Continue reading 1 April 1978* (785-A) Trials

31 October 1937* [NKVD] Kuibyshev

Letter from A. FRENKEL (Kuibyshev) to NKVD chief YEZHOV: malfunctioning of special troika, unburied bodies of "Enemies of the People", and poor safety measures during interrogation. [Russian: 31 October 1937] Two pages. ======================================= [page one of two] Comrade Yezhov! I consider it my duty to advise you of the following facts that have been made known … Continue reading 31 October 1937* [NKVD] Kuibyshev

17 March 1978* (492-Ch) Chistopol Prison

KGB and Ministry of Internal Affairs to Central Committee: Transfer of "especially dangerous" prisoners from Vladimir Prison to Chistopol Prison. Henceforward political prisoners would be held in Chistopol Prison. [R 17 March 1978, 492-Ch] ========================================================== [page one of two] Secret Copy no 3 To the CPSU Central Committee No 06637 The transfer of especially dangerous … Continue reading 17 March 1978* (492-Ch) Chistopol Prison

1 February 1987* (183-Ch) Articles 70, 190-1 and 142

KGB report (Chebrikov). The numbers then serving a sentence under Articles 70,  190-1 and 142 of the RSFSR Criminal Code -- one third of them held in psychiatric institutions; encouraging applications for a pardon from such prisoners. [Russian: 1 Feb 87, 183-Ch] (9 pp)  Excerpts. ====================================== [page one of nine] 1 February 1987, No 183-Ch … Continue reading 1 February 1987* (183-Ch) Articles 70, 190-1 and 142

16 November 1972* (Pb 67/XVIII) Warnings

Politburo decision. Responding to a jointly signed request from the KGB and Procurator-General RUDENKO (11 October 1972, 2594-А,  pp. 4-5) the Party leaders approve a secret decree (p. 2) about special KGB “cautions” to those engaged in “politically harmful” behaviour. [R 16 November 1972, Pb 67-XVIII] total 5 pp. ========================================================== [page one of five] Workers … Continue reading 16 November 1972* (Pb 67/XVIII) Warnings

19 December 1957* [KGB] Landau

KGB report. Physicist Lev LANDAU’s admiration for the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and his comments about Bolshevik fascism (17 pp). [R 19 December 1957] Excerpt. =========================================================== Identifying the rebels with the Hungarian nation and working class, he characterised the events in Hungary as ‘the Hungarian Revolution’, a ‘very good, joyful event’ in which ‘the warrior-nation was … Continue reading 19 December 1957* [KGB] Landau

25 December 1962* (3265-S) Execution dates

KGB report (Semichastny). Change in procedures for informing relatives about prisoners’ date of execution in the Stalin era (4 pp). [R 25 December 1962, 3265-S] ============================================================= [page one of four] Top Secret USSR Committee for State Security [KGB] of the USSR Council of Ministers 25 December 1962, No. 3265-S Moscow To the CPSU Central Committee … Continue reading 25 December 1962* (3265-S) Execution dates