The Soviet Union and Afghanistan (CWIHP)

Documents from the Bulletins of the the Cold War International History (CWIHP) Project Compiled and republished November 2001 (79 pp.) http://www.wilsoncenter.org/sites/default/files/e-dossier_4.pdf * BULLETIN 3 (Fall 1993) Soviet Policy in Afghanistan, 1979: A Grim Assessment 12 April 1979 -- Politburo, excerpt 149 from minutes, including 1 April 1979 report by A. Gromyko, Yu. Andropov, D. Ustinov … Continue reading The Soviet Union and Afghanistan (CWIHP)

31 December 1975** (3240-A) Vietnam

KGB report. Shipments to the USSR of American weapons captured in Vietnam. [R 31 December 1975, 3240-A] =========================================================== [page one of one] Translated by YBZ, Feb 2011 [Translator's notes are in brackets; handwritten text is italic in red, dates are DD-MM-YYYY] [Header] On obtaining from the DRV of the captured American weapons [Unclear handwriting over … Continue reading 31 December 1975** (3240-A) Vietnam

5 September 1980** (St 227/39) US Communist Party

Secretariat. A request from Comrade Gus Hall, General Secretary, Communist Party of the USA (CPUSA). “Special training” for Hall’s personal representative (3 pp).  [R 5 September 1980, St 227-39] ========================================================== [Translator's notes are bracketed] #CT 227/39ge, of 11.05.80                   SPECIAL FOLDER TOP SECRET RESOLUTION Of the Secretariat of the CC of the Communist Party of the … Continue reading 5 September 1980** (St 227/39) US Communist Party

5 December 1980** (St 240/43) Cuba, Grenada

Secretariat. Requests from Cuba and Grenada to enable radio transmissions to the USA (17 pp).  [R 5 December 1980, St 240-43] =========================================================== English Translation by Marta Olynyk, December 2010 [Translator's notes are bracketed] Proletarians of the world, unite! COMMUNIST PARTY OF THE SOVIET UNION. CENTRAL COMMITTEE TOP SECRET No. St-240/43gs Dated 5/XII/1980 Extract from Report … Continue reading 5 December 1980** (St 240/43) Cuba, Grenada

15 August 1956** (St 19/2) “Amerika” magazine

Secretariat. Draft letter to Party organizations throughout the USSR concerning  distribution in the Soviet Union of the Russian-language magazine Amerika produced by the US State Department (6 pp). [R 15 August 1956, St 19/2] ========================================================== [page one of six] 19/2 15 August 1956 Draft of Letter to Party Organizations concerning the Dissemination of the Magazine … Continue reading 15 August 1956** (St 19/2) “Amerika” magazine

9 September 1966** [Secretariat] Anti-Soviet Propaganda

Secretariat. About increased anti-Soviet propaganda in USA and Latin America (9 pp). [R 9 September 1966] ============================================================ Workers of all countries, unite! CENTRAL COMMITTEE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF THE SOVIET UNION Top Secret [Reg. No. illegible] Excerpt from the Minutes of ... (illegible) Meeting of the Secretariat of the CC CPSU... (illegible) ON MEASURES … Continue reading 9 September 1966** [Secretariat] Anti-Soviet Propaganda

8 August 1966** [Information Dept] “Foreign Affairs” review

About review in Foreign Affairs (USA) of the 5-volume New directions in the Soviet economy produced by US Congress, and necessary response (8 pp). [R 8 August 1966] ========================================================== [Translator’s note: questionable points are marked in red; there are also bracketed comments/explanations] For your eyes only [top secret! ATTENTION: CENTRAL COMMITTEE OF THE CPSU [Illegible … Continue reading 8 August 1966** [Information Dept] “Foreign Affairs” review

21 July 1990** (No 0747) Cuba

Politburo. Suppression of American broadcasts to Cuba – request for equipment to hamper and block the transmissions (2 pp). [R 21 Jul 90, No 0747] =========================================================== Translated by Valeri Kalabugin, July 2010 [Translator's notes are bracketed] 5. 1. 5-9 [in handwriting] Confidential          [a note in handwriting:] 43 Copy No. 1 [Typed and handwritten text, ][...] … Continue reading 21 July 1990** (No 0747) Cuba

5 January 1982** (St 44/7) US Communist Party

Secretariat. A request from the CP USA leadership for part of the debt incurred in distributing Soviet books to be written off. [R 5 January 1982 – St 44-7] ========================================================= [page one of one] Workers of the world, unite! Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Central Committee TOP SECRET No. St-44/7s Extract from the Minutes … Continue reading 5 January 1982** (St 44/7) US Communist Party

14 July 1983** [International Dept] Jewish emigration

[3.3; 9.1] – Letter from US congressmen (376 signatures) concerning emigration of 2,000 Soviet Jews and response outlined by International Department (20 pp). [R 14 July 1983] --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- English translation by Marta D. Olynyk, December 2010 [Translator's notes are bracketed, handwritten text is italic] [handwritten numeral "109" at the top of the document] Endorsed by … Continue reading 14 July 1983** [International Dept] Jewish emigration

24 March 1977* (Pb 50/71) anti-Soviet campaign

Politburo. Measures to "stop activities of the US special services in the anti-Soviet campaign" about human rights (4 pp). [R 24 March 1977, Pb 50-71] ======================================================== [page two of four] [...] According to information received, this operation has prompted a serious reaction in the USA and other Western countries. Reports in American newspapers, on radio and … Continue reading 24 March 1977* (Pb 50/71) anti-Soviet campaign

1 November 1979* (Pb 172/113) Olympic Games

Politburo decision based on KGB advice. Response to US Department of Justice concerning potential terrorism and drug distribution during the summer Olympic Games in Moscow – rejection of offer to cooperate (4 pp). [R 1 November 1979, Pb 172-113] Excerpt =================================== [page two of four] In a conversation with the Soviet ambassador to the USA about … Continue reading 1 November 1979* (Pb 172/113) Olympic Games

25 April 1979* (819-A) Olympic Games

KGB report. Anti-Soviet activities with regard to the 1980 Olympic Games. [R 25 April 1979, 819-A] total 4 pp. (excerpts) ================================== [page three] [...] The enemy’s intelligence agencies and foreign anti-Soviet centres are trying, as previously, to use various insinuations about ‘the violation of human rights in the USSR’ to discredit the 22nd Olympic Games … Continue reading 25 April 1979* (819-A) Olympic Games

21 March 1990** (No 318/2/0354) Military assistance

Ministry of Defence to Central Committee. Assistance to restore aviation and communication in Afghanistan (2 pp). [R 221 Mar 90, No 318-2-0354] total 2 pp. ========================================================== Translated by George Sklyar [Logo in the left margin: Soviet national emblem with this inscription beneath:] FIRST DEPUTY MINISTER OF DEFENSE OF THE USSR [Stamped in the right margin] … Continue reading 21 March 1990** (No 318/2/0354) Military assistance

31 December 1992* [Presidential Administration] Afghanistan

Letter to Chairman of the RF Constitutional Court. Request for 27 Central Committee documents about Afghanistan to be added to the case materials for the defence at the Trial of the CPSU. [R 31 Dec 92] total 5 pp. See 9.2 The USSR and Afghanistan for translations of most of the documents listed below. ========================================================== … Continue reading 31 December 1992* [Presidential Administration] Afghanistan

25 October 1957* (St 52/128) Wilfred Burchett

Central Committee approves July 1957 KGB request for one-off grant (20,000 roubles) and awards 3,000 rouble monthly allowance to WILFRED BURCHETT, Moscow correspondent of the National Guardian (USA) newspaper [R 25 Oct 57, 5 pp] total 5 pp. Also contains text of KGB request (17 July 1957, 1379-S), pp. 3-5. ============================================================== [page one of five] … Continue reading 25 October 1957* (St 52/128) Wilfred Burchett

24 January 1989* (Pb 146/VI) Afghanistan withdrawal

Politburo. The imminent withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan, alternative scenarios. [R 24 Jan 89, Pb 146-VI] total 13 pp. (excerpt) =========================================================== [page one of thirteen] Return to CPSU Central Committee (General Department, Sector 2) within 3 days Workers of all Lands, Unite! COMMUNIST PARTY OF THE SOVIET UNION. CENTRAL COMMITTEE TOP SECRET SPECIAL FILE … Continue reading 24 January 1989* (Pb 146/VI) Afghanistan withdrawal

10 March 1983* (Pb §6) Afghanistan withdrawal

Politburo meeting. ANDROPOV chairs discussion about the situation in Afghanistan and a possible Soviet withdrawal. [R 10 April 1983, Politburo, para 1] total 4 pp. ======================================================= [page one of four] Top Secret Single Copy (Draft Minutes) MEETING OF CPSU POLITBURO 18 January 1983 chaired by Comrade Yu.V. ANDROPOV Comrades in attendance: G.A.Aliev, M.S. Gorbachev, A.A.Gromyko, … Continue reading 10 March 1983* (Pb §6) Afghanistan withdrawal

22 October 1986 * (Pb §1) Soviet diplomats

Politburo meeting. Expulsion of Soviet diplomats from the USA and planned Soviet retaliation. [R 22 oct 86, Pb] ============================================================= [page one of five] Top Secret Single Copy (Draft Minutes) MEETING OF CPSU POLITBURO 22 October 1986 In the chair Comrade M.S. GORBACHEV In attendance: Comrades G.A. Aliyev, A.A.Gromyko, L.N. Zaikov, Ye.K. Ligachev, N.I. Ryzhkov, M.S. … Continue reading 22 October 1986 * (Pb §1) Soviet diplomats