18 February 1977* (Pb 46/X) Cyrus Vance

Instructions to Anatoly DOBRYNIN, Soviet ambassador to the USA, concerning a discussion with Secretary of State Cyrus VANCE about human rights. [R 18 February 1977, Pb 46-X] total 7 pp (excerpt). ================================== Proletariats of the World unite! COMMUNIST PARTY OF THE SOVIET UNION. THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE Top Secret No P46/X To: comrades Brezhnev, Podgomy, Kosygin, … Continue reading 18 February 1977* (Pb 46/X) Cyrus Vance

22 June 1978* (Pb) Shcharansky

Yury Andropov briefs Politburo on forthcoming trial of Anatoly SHCHARANSKY, arrested in mid-March the previous year. (MHG 30th anniversary) total 2 pp. ======================================= V-118 Top secret The only copy Working paper SESSION OF THE POLITBURO OF THE CC CPSU June 22, 1978 Chaired by Comrade Brezhnev, L.I. In attendance: Comrades Andropov, U.V.; Grishin, V.V.; Gromyko, … Continue reading 22 June 1978* (Pb) Shcharansky

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. [R 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

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

8 January 1969* (Pb 111/162) International Fund

Politburo decision. Set up an “International Fund to aid Left-wing, Workers’ Organizations”. Fund total, $16.5 million; Soviet contribution, $14 million, and sums to be contributed by fraternal socialist parties in Eastern Europe. Also contains the 8 January 1969 (Pb 111/163) decision, specifying how much political parties, organisations and movements are to receive from the new … Continue reading 8 January 1969* (Pb 111/162) International Fund

10 December 1981* (Pb §2) Poland

Politburo meeting, three days before the introduction of martial law in Poland. [R 10 December 1981, Politburo, para 1] total 11 pp. (excerpts) [1] ========================================================== [page one of eleven] Top Secret Single Copy (Draft Minutes) MEETING OF CPSU POLITBURO 10 December 1981 chaired by Comrade L.I. BREZHNEV Comrades in attendance: Yu.V. Andropov, V.V. Grishin, A.A.Gromyko, … Continue reading 10 December 1981* (Pb §2) Poland

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

7 January 1974* (Pb) Solzhenitsyn

Politburo meeting. Discussion concerning what to do with Alexander SOLZHENITSYN. Text published first in Russkaya mysl (Paris), 30 September & 10 October 1993. ========================================================== Top Secret Single Copy (Draft Minutes) MEETING OF CPSU POLITBURO 7 January 1974 chaired by Comrade L.I. BREZHNEV Comrades in attendance: Yu.V. Andropov, A.A.Gromyko, A.N. Kosygin, Podgorny, Kirilenko, M.A. Suslov, D.F. … Continue reading 7 January 1974* (Pb) Solzhenitsyn

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

15 April 1968* (Pb 79/XII) Marchenko

Proposal to Brezhnev and Andropov to revoke Soviet citizenship of dissidents ILYA GABAI (1935-1973) and ANATOLY MARCHENKO (1938-1986). The two men both died premature deaths in the USSR. Includes draft edicts of USSR Supreme Soviet, pp. 2-3. [R 15 April 1968, Pb 79-XII] total 3 pp. =========================================================== [page one of three] Workers of all Lands, … Continue reading 15 April 1968* (Pb 79/XII) Marchenko

22 December 1967* (Pb 63/122) Ginzburg-Galanskov trial

Politburo. Directions to Soviet ambassadors in the Eastern bloc, and in Western countries, concerning the forthcoming trial of Ginzburg, Galanskov, Dobrovolsky and Lashkova. [R 22 December 1967, Pb 63-122] total 2 pp. ========================================================== [page one of two] Workers of all Lands, Unite! COMMUNIST PARTY OF THE SOVIET UNION. CENTRAL COMMITTEE Top Secret Pb 63 / … Continue reading 22 December 1967* (Pb 63/122) Ginzburg-Galanskov trial

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

18 January 1983* (Pb 94/52) PCI funding

Politburo decision. Highly classified Politburo document illustrating financial relations between the PCI (Italian Communist Party) and the Soviet Union. The amount in dollars was added by hand. [R 18 January 1983, Pb 94-52] ================================================================= [one page] Workers of all Lands, Unite! Must be returned within three days to the CPSU Central Committee (General Department, Sector … Continue reading 18 January 1983* (Pb 94/52) PCI funding

17 February 1938* (Pb 58/57) Ukraine

NKVD in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic requests an increase of 30,000 people in Ukraine's quota for executions and arrests. Politburo agrees.   [R 17 February 1938, Pb 58-57] ============================================================ [page one of one] Workers of All Lands, Unite! STRICTLY SECRET (Special File) CENTRAL COMMITTEE of the All-Union Communist Party (of Bolsheviks) Pb 58/57 17 February … Continue reading 17 February 1938* (Pb 58/57) Ukraine