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July 08, 1950

TELEGRAM FROM STALIN TO SOVIET AMBASSADOR IN PYONGYANG TERENTII SHTYKOV, 8 JULY 1950

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    Stalin sharply reprimands Ambassador Shtykovfor promising Soviet advisors to the North Koreans without permission.
    "Telegram from Stalin to Soviet Ambassador in Pyongyang Terentii Shtykov, 8 July 1950," July 08, 1950, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Volkogonov Collections, Library of Congress; Archive of the President of the Russian Federation (APRF). Translated for CWIHP by Vladislav Zubok http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/117311
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Ciphered telegram # 36275.

Copy no. 2

To be returned after 6 days

Top Secret

8 Department of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Union SSR.

Only by wire

[in handwriting at the very top] for Cde. Stalin.

8 July 1950

To Pyongyang, Soviet Ambassador

It appears that you behave incorrectly, for you promised the [North] Koreans to give them [Soviet] advisers, and did not ask us for permission.

You should remember that you are a representative of the USSR, not of Korea.

Let our advisers go to the front headquarters and into army groups in civilian uniforms as correspondents of "Pravda" in the required numbers.

You will be personally responsible before the Soviet Government that they would not be taken prisoners.

FYN SI  [Stalin]

Typed in 3 copies:

NO. 1 - for Stalin

No. 2 - for Stalin

No. 3 - for Bulganin

Typist Budanova  8 July 1950, 19:35

Correct: head of dispatch of 4th Division 8 Department of the GSSA.

Colonel Gonchar.