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April 06, 1945

REPORT FROM L. P. BERIA TO I. V. STALIN ABOUT THE EXPEDIENCY OF USING THE DIVISION OF THE USSR PEOPLE'S COMMISSARIAT OF THE INTERIOR (NKVD) FOR PROTECTION OF RAILROAD COMMUNICATIONS OF ROMANIA

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    Beria recommends moving one of the NKVD divisions in Bucharest in order to defend Romanian railroad communications.
    "Report from L. P. Beria to I. V. Stalin About the Expediency of Using the Division of the USSR People's Commissariat of the Interior (NKVD) for Protection of Railroad Communications of Romania," April 06, 1945, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, GARF, fond 9401, op 2, d 94, ll. 330. Document No. 59 in Vostochnaia Evropa, edited by G.P. Murashko, et al, vol. 1. Translated for CWIHP by Svetlana Savranskaya. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/118456
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L. P. Beria's Report for I. V. Stalin

About the Expediency of Using the Division of the USSR People's Commissariat of the Interior (NKVD) for Protection of Railroad Communications of Romania [1]

Bucharest

April 6, 1945

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STATE DEFENSE COMMITTEE

comrade STALIN

According to your directives, in the period of tense situation in Bucharest, we concentrated two divisions of the NKVD troops there.

Recently we noted a number of cases where German paratroopers were deployed in order to interrupt the functioning of railroad communications in Romania, which feed the fronts. In this connection, and taking the changed situation into account, the NKVD USSR believes it necessary to move one division from Bucharest to the place of permanent deployment -- Timisoara, Sibiu, and Brashov -- in order to defend the communications.

Comrade Susaikov informed us that in addition to the divisions of the NKVD, two divisions of the Red Army were deployed in the area of Bucharest, and therefore, he did not object, and believed that it would be expedient to use one NKVD division to defend the railroad communications.

We are asking for your decision.

People's Commissar of the Interior of the USSR

L.BERIA

[1] The document has a note: "Copying prohibited without permission of the Sec[retaria]t of the NKVD."