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May 17, 1937

CONCERNING SUPPORT FOR CHINESE TROOPS IN KASHGARIA

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    The Politburo orders Soviet aircraft, armored cars, and pilots be sent to assist the Chinese command in suppressing the rebels in Kashgaria.
    "Concerning Support for Chinese Troops in Kashgaria," May 17, 1937, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, RGASPI f. 17, op. 162, d. 20, l. 43. Obtained by Jamil Hasanli and translated by Gary Goldberg. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/121868
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MINUTES Nº 49 of the

VKP(b) CC POLITBURO MEETING of 15 JUNE 1937

DECISIONS OF 17 April - 15 June 1937

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[handwritten at the top of the page: point 255 is in classified storage]

[handwritten before the next entry: Politburo decision of 17 May 1937]

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255. Concerning Xinjiang

1. In view of the further aggravation of the situation in Kashgaria consider it necessary to send six of our new aircraft with our pilots and six armored cars to the governor [duban']. Send the aircraft to Kashgar in the summer. Use our pilots only in the event of extreme necessity per a special directive of Moscow if an inability to suppress the rebels' uprising with the governor's troops and Ma Hushan is observed.

2. Immediately assign our military adviser to the governor, Cde. Fedin, to Kashgar to aid the Chinese command in the management of the suppression of the rebels.

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to Cdes. Stomonyakov, Voroshilov, Yezhov, and Uritsky.

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[CC seal] CC SECRETARY [signed] I. Stalin

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