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May 07, 1962

POLISH EMBASSY, RIO DE JANEIRO (CHABASINSKI), TO POLISH FOREIGN MINISTRY

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    Telgram describing meeting between Ambassador Chabasinski and Luís Carlos Prestes--founder of the Communist Party of Brazil--regarding Prestes acquiring a visa to Brazil with the help of Brazilian Foreign Minister Dantas. Also discussed Brazil's problems with Francisco Juliao, leader of the peasant league.
    "Polish Embassy, Rio de Janeiro (Chabasinski), to Polish Foreign Ministry," May 07, 1962, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Polish Foreign Ministry archives (AMSZ), Warsaw; obtained by James Hershberg, translated by Malgorzata Gnoinska http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/119426
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Secret

Of Special Significance

Making copies is prohibited

Ciphergram No. 6636

From: Rio de Janeiro dispatched on 05.07.1962 at 12:00 and received on 05.08.1962 at 04:40

Came to the Decoding Department on 05.08.1962 at 0:45

To:  [Foreign Ministry Director Aleksander] KRAJEWSKI

From: [Ambassador Wojciech] CHABASINSKI[1]

EYES ONLY

[Luís Carlos] Prestes came to visit me.[2]

He asked for assistance in connecting, via Deputy Santana, the Secretary of the Communist party of Portugal Alvaro Cunhal with [Foreign Minister] Dantas who promised to give him a visa to Brazil. Cunhal is scheduled to visit Poland on his way back from Moscow.Our friends [Brazilian communists?] positively assess [Minister] Dantas’ visit to Poland.  They give it full support.The fact that Prestes recently criticized [President] Goulart’s policies absolutely does not mean that they are breaking with the “trabalhistas.”[3] Our friends [Brazilian communists] are having increasing problems with Juliao, the leader of the peasant league. He has a significant amount of money in his possession, which he has been using for unpredictable [irresponsible] political activity.

Received by:

Comrade GomulkaComrade Winiewicz

Comrade CyrankiewiczComrade Wierna

Comrade GierekComrade Michalowski

Comrade JedrychowskiComrade Birecki

Comrade KliszkoComrade Krajewski

Comrade Loga-Sowinski

Comrade Ochab

Comrade Rapacki

Comrade Spychalski

Comrade Zambrowski

Comrade Zawadzki

Comrade Jarosinski

Comrade Strzelecki

Comrade. Czesak

Decoded on 05.08.1962 at 1:45 by Pospychala, checked by Strzelecki

[1] Poland’s envoy to Brazil from 1956-61 and Poland’s ambassador to Brazil from 1961-65.

[2] Luís Carlos Prestes was a Brazilian revolutionary and the founder of the Communist Party of Brazil.

[3] Reference to the Brazilian Labor Party (Portuguese: Partido Trabalhista Brasileiro, PTB ).