Secret Chernobyl

In Judgment in Moscow, Vladimir BUKOVSKY writes in passing with irony and scepticism of the Western reaction, in April 1986, to the explosion at the Chernobyl reactor and the behaviour of the Soviet leadership led by the "new Chichikov", Mikhail Gorbachev. Again and again, he notes disbelievingly, Western commentators urged that the new head of … Continue reading Secret Chernobyl

20 March 1986* (Pb) Afghanistan, Alliluyeva

Politburo. Various topics discussed: situation in Afghanistan, renaming the L.I. Brezhnev icebreaker, and letter from SVETLANA ALLILUYEVA about return to USSR (2 pp). [R 20 Mar 86, Pb] Excerpt =========================================================== [page one of two] Top Secret Single copy (draft record) [...] [page two] 41. [...] GORBACHEV. There is one matter I have left until last. On … Continue reading 20 March 1986* (Pb) Afghanistan, Alliluyeva

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

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

29 October 1981* (Pb §2) Poland

Politburo meeting. RUSAKOV’s report on his visit to the GDR, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria and Hungary to discuss the situation in Poland. Politburo concern over JARUZELSKI's failure to act. [R 29 October 1981, Politburo, para 2] total 6 pp. =========================================================== [page one of six] Top Secret Single Copy (Draft Minutes) MEETING OF CPSU POLITBURO 29 October 1981 … Continue reading 29 October 1981* (Pb §2) Poland

10 September 1981* (Pb §3) Poland

Politburo meeting. Response to statements at Congress of Solidarity in Poland. [R 10 September 1981, Politburo, para 3] total 3 pp. ========================================================== [page one of three] Top Secret Single Copy (Draft Minutes) MEETING OF CPSU POLITBURO 2 April 1981 chaired by Comrade L.I. BREZHNEV Comrades in attendance: M.S. Gorbachev, V.V. Grishin, A.A.Gromyko, N.A. Tikhonov, K.U. … Continue reading 10 September 1981* (Pb §3) Poland

17-18 March 1979* (Pb) Afghanistan

Transcript of Politburo meeting (17-18 March) about the worsening situation in Afghanistan. [R 17-18 March 1979, Pb] total 28 pp. (excerpts) ============================================================= [page one of twenty eight] Top Secret Single Copy (Draft Minutes) MEETING OF CPSU POLITBURO 17 March 1979 chaired by Comrade L.I. BREZHNEV Comrades in attendance: Yu.V. Andropov, A.A.Gromyko, A.N. Kosygin, A.L. Pelshe, … Continue reading 17-18 March 1979* (Pb) Afghanistan

13 January 1981* (St 245/14) Nuclear war

Secretariat Resolution. Proposals, beginning with December 1980 letter from Ministry of Health, about participation in the Soviet-American conference “Medics against Nuclear War” in Washington D.C. (9 pp). [R 13 January 1981, St 245-14] Excerpt. ========================================================= [page one of nine] Workers of all Lands, Unite! COMMUNIST PARTY OF THE SOVIET UNION. CENTRAL COMMITTEE [Text along left-hand … Continue reading 13 January 1981* (St 245/14) Nuclear war

2 September 1980* (St 226/4) Peace movement

Secretariat. Response to a Belgian initiative for nuclear disarmament and safety of non-nuclear countries (9 pp). [R 2 September 1980, St 226/4] Excerpt. =========================================================== [page one of nine] Workers of all Lands, Unite! COMMUNIST PARTY OF THE SOVIET UNION. CENTRAL COMMITTEE [Vertical text along left-hand margin] Return to CPSU Central Committee (General Department, sector 2) … Continue reading 2 September 1980* (St 226/4) Peace movement

9 June 1980* (St 214/74) Peace movement

Secretariat. Preparations for a meeting of central committee secretaries with responsibility for international affairs in the fraternal parties of socialist countries. Discussion of international peace movement (12 pp). [R 9 June 1980, St 214-74] Excerpts. ======================================================== [page one of twelve] Workers of all Lands, Unite! COMMUNIST PARTY OF THE SOVIET UNION. CENTRAL COMMITTEE [Text along … Continue reading 9 June 1980* (St 214/74) Peace movement

01 June 1986* (1135-Ch) Writers

KGB (Chebrikov) to Central Committee. Attempts by "the Adversary" to subvert Soviet writers and restore reputation of emigré authors (5 pp).  [R 1 Jun 86, 5 pp – 1135-Ch]. Excerpts. ========================================================== [page one of five] Resolution of Comrade Gorbachev see p. 5 Secret [illegible] June 1986, No 1135-Ch To the CPSU Central Committee [Partially illegible] … Continue reading 01 June 1986* (1135-Ch) Writers

14 November 1989* (2292-K/ov) Miners

KGB memo (Kryuchkov) to Central Committee (Gorbachev). SAKHAROV's influence on the striking miners in Vorkuta. [R 14 Nov 89, 2292-K-OV] =========================================================== [page one of two] Special Importance Copy No 2 14 November 1989, No 2292-K/ov To the CPSU Central Committee Attention: Comrade M.S. Gorbachev Concerning the influence of A.D. Sakharov on the strike movement in … Continue reading 14 November 1989* (2292-K/ov) Miners

26 June 1986* (Pb) Writers

Politburo meeting. Alexander YAKOVLEV reports on the Congress of the Writers' Union. Discussion of ways to manage changes in the union's bureaucracy [R 26 Jun 86, Pb], 5 pp. =========================================================== [page one of five] Top Secret Single Copy (Draft Minutes) MEETING OF CPSU POLITBURO 26 June 1986 In the chair Comrade M.S. GORBACHEV In attendance: … Continue reading 26 June 1986* (Pb) Writers

27 July 1988* (1541-K) Rights activists

KGB to the Central Committee: About intentions of anti-Soviet elements to hold an international seminar on "The KGB and Perestroika" in Moscow (2 pp). [R 27 Jul 88, 1541-K] =========================================================== [page one of two] Top Secret 27 July 1988, No 1541-K To the CPSU Central Committee The intention of anti-social elements to hold an international … Continue reading 27 July 1988* (1541-K) Rights activists

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

25 September 1986* (Pb) Political Prisoners

Politburo meeting (excerpt). KGB head CHEBRIKOV deliberately confuses political prisoners with those committing other "serious crimes". Between one third and a half of all political prisoners to be offered their freedom if they agree to discontinue their previous activities. [R 25 Sep 86, Pb] total 3 pp. ========================================================== [page one of three] Top Secret Single … Continue reading 25 September 1986* (Pb) Political Prisoners

12 July 1984* (Pb) Stalin and Khrushchev

Politburo meeting. Request by  Molotov and Kaganovich to be re-admitted to the Party; exchange of views about Khrushchev and Stalin. [R 12 Jul 84, Pb] =========================================================== [page one of six] Top Secret Single Copy (Draft Minutes) MEETING OF CPSU POLITBURO 12 July 1984 chaired by Comrade K.U. CHERNENKO Comrades in attendance: G.A. Aliyev, V.I. Vorotnikov, … Continue reading 12 July 1984* (Pb) Stalin and Khrushchev

17 July 1979* (St 167/18) Coppola

Secretariat gives go-ahead for talks with director Francis Ford COPPOLA about making a joint Soviet-American feature film about disarmament. Includes 12 July memorandum from Culture and International Departments (p. 3), and letter from head of Goskino (pp. 4-5). [R 17 July 1979, St 167-18], total 5 pp. =============== [page one of five] Workers of all … Continue reading 17 July 1979* (St 167/18) Coppola

18 August 1980* (St 224/71) El Salvador

Central Committee Resolution. Positive response to request for "special training" from El Salvador Communist Party. Includes 15 August letter from Chernyaev (p. 2), and 23 July translated letter from head of the Salvador Communist Party Shafik Handal (p. 3). [R 18 August 1980, St 224-71] total 3 pp. =========================================================== [page one of three] No St … Continue reading 18 August 1980* (St 224/71) El Salvador