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Intelligence Operations in the Cold War

This is a collection of primary source documents that discuss intelligence issues during the Cold War. The documents come from archives in many different Soviet bloc countries. They are mainly decision memorandums, descriptions, agreements, and reports. The collection includes mainly bilateral agreements for cooperation between Communist countries and domestic intelligence reports from Bulgaria. See also the Mitrokhin Archive and the Vassiliev Notebooks. (Image, KGB symbol)

  • September 04, 1930

    Imre Nagy’s OGPU (Unified State Political Directorate) Enlistment

    Certificate signed by Imre Nagy upon enlistment in the OGPU secret police (later the NKVD).

  • March 10, 1938

    Report on Imre Nagy’s Arrest by the NKVD (Commissariat of Internal Affairs)

    Matusov and Altman report on Nagy's arrest on 4/5 March 1938 and subsequent release on 8 March, and describe some of his work.

  • June, 1941

    Report from the People’s Committee of Internal Affairs to the Central Committee of the Hungarian Communist Party, about Agent 'Volodya' (Imre Nagy)

    Sverdlov provides a brief overview of agent "Volodya" (Imre Nagy) and his work.

  • November 17, 1943

    Federal Bureau of Investigation Telegram Requesting Surveillance of Mikhail Kalatozov

    Permission is requested to install microphone surveillance on the hotel room of Soviet film director Mikhail Kalatozov.

  • November 17, 1943

    J. Edgar Hoover Message Authorizing Hotel for Surveillance of Mikhail Kalatozov

    FBI Director Hoover grants a request for the rental of hotel rooms for surveillance of Soviet film director Mikhail Kalatozov.

  • November 22, 1943

    Federal Bureau of Investigation Report on Activities of Mikhail Konstantin Kalatozov

    Report on the arrival of Soviet film director Mikhail K. Kalatozov in Los Angeles and his activities meeting with members of the movie industry as an official representative of the Soviet film committee. A reception in his honor was given by the National Council of Soviet-American Friendship which was attended by Charlie Chaplin.

  • November 24, 1943

    Memorandum for D. M. Lade on Microphone Surveillance of Mikhail Kalatozov

    Memorandum regarding a request for microphone surveillance of Soviet film director Mikhail Kalatozov.

  • November 26, 1943

    J. Edgar Hoover Message Authorizing Surveillance of Mikhail Kalatozov

    FBI Director Hoover grants a request for microphone surveillance of Soviet film director Mikhail Kalatozov.

  • February 09, 1944

    Federal Bureau of Investigation Report on Activities of Mikhail Konstantin Kalatozov

    Report on contacts made by Soviet film director Mikhail Kalatozov with Soviet embassy officials and members of the American film industry.

  • April 15, 1944

    Federal Bureau of Investigation Report on Activities of Mikhail Konstantin Kalatozov

    Report on contacts made by Soviet film director Mikhail Kalatozov with Soviet embassy officials and members of the American film industry.

  • April 22, 1944

    Federal Bureau of Investigation Letter to Assistant Secretary of State Adolf A. Berle

    The FBI states that a confidential source reports that Kalatozov is meeting with Nelson Rockefeller regarding distributing Soviet films to South America. The signature is difficult to read but is likely J. Edgar Hoover.

  • June 01, 1944

    Memorandum for J. Edgar Hoover on Mikhail Konstantin Kalatozov's Status

    A confidential source reports that a State Department official informed the Soviet embassy that film director Kalatozov's activities fall within the purview of the Registration Act, and he must register with the Department of Justice as an agent of foreign country.

  • June 05, 1944

    Letter to J. Edgar Hoover on Mikhail Kalatozov

    A heavily redacted letter from Ottawa reporting on foreign contacts made by Soviet film director Mikhail Kalatozov in Canada and Mexico.

  • June 13, 1944

    Federal Bureau of Investigation Report on Activities of Mikhail Konstantin Kalatozov

    Report on contacts made by Soviet film director Mikhail Kalatozov with Soviet embassy officials and members of the American film industry, including Orson Welles.

  • June 14, 1944

    Federal Bureau of Investigation Teletype Reporting Surveillance of Mikhail Kalatozov

    Report that a microphone has been installed for surveillance of Soviet film director Mikhail Kalatozov.

  • August 16, 1944

    Federal Bureau of Investigation Telegram on Mikhail Kalatozov

    A source indicated that film director Mikhail Kalatozov will be returning to the Soviet Union.

  • August 23, 1944

    Federal Bureau of Investigation Report on Activities of Mikhail Konstantin Kalatozov

    Soviet film director Mikhail Kalatozov has left Los Angeles for New York and Washington, DC, and will likely be returning home to the Soviet Union. A list of contacts by Kalatozov's staff and his wife to various American film producers and directors is recorded, including Orson Welles.

  • September 11, 1944

    Memorandum for J. Edgar Hoover on Proposed Organization for Exchange of American and Soviet Films

    A heavily redacted memorandum on a report from the Assistant Attorney General regarding a proposed organization to exchange Soviet and American films, which would involve film director Mikhail Kalatozov.

  • October 23, 1944

    Federal Bureau of Investigation Report on Activities of Mikhail Konstantin Kalatozov

    Report on the conclusion of Soviet film director Mikhail Kalatozov's trip to the United States and various negotiations with American film companies.

  • November 24, 1944

    Federal Bureau of Investigation Teletype on Conclusion of Surveillance of Mikhail Kalatozov

    Notice of the continued microphone surveillance following the departure of Soviet film director Mikhail Kalatozov for the Soviet Union.