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June 15, 1947

CABLE, STALIN [KUZNETSOV] TO MAO ZEDONG [VIA TEREBIN]

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    Stalin, writing under the pseudonym “Fyodor Kuznetsov,” who was Stalin’s Chief of the GRU, tells “Terebin,” actually Soviet doctor and operative in Yan’an Andrei Orlov, to arrange a secret meeting in Moscow with Mao Zedong.
    "Cable, Stalin [Kuznetsov] to Mao Zedong [via Terebin]," June 15, 1947, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Arkhiv Prezidenta Rossiiskoi Federatsii (APRF), Fond (F.) 39, Opis (Op.) 1, Delo (D.) 31, List (L.) 23. Reprinted in Andrei Ledovskii, Raisa Mirovitskaia and Vladimir Miasnikov, Sovetsko-Kitaiskie Otnosheniia, Vol. 5, Book 1, 1946-February 1950 (Moscow: Pamiatniki Istoricheskoi Mysli, 2005), p. 327. Translated for CWIHP from Russian by Sergey S. Radchenko. Published in CWIHP Bulletin #16. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/110292
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To Terebin [trans. note--Terebin (real name Andrei Iakovlevich Orlov) was a Soviet doctor and Soviet operative in Mao's base in Yan'an].

Convey to Mao Zedong that the VKP(b) CC [trans. note--sesoiuznaia Kommunisticheskaia Partiia (bolshevikov), the All-Union Communist Party (of the Bolsheviks)—the Soviet Communist] considers it desirable to have him come to Moscow without any kind of disclosure about it. If Mao Zedong also considers this necessary, then, it appears to us, it is better to do this through Harbin. If needed, [we] will send a plane.

Telegraph the results of the talk with Mao Zedong and his wishes.

F[yodor Fedotovich] Kuznetsov [trans. note--Chief of the GRU (Soviet military intelligence). Though Kuznetsov's signature appeared on several cables to and from Orlov, Stalin was the real sender and recipient of this correspondence.]


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