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October 10, 1945

TASS, 'ITALIAN NEWSPAPERS SPREAD ABSURD RUMORS'

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    Rumors that Stalin is ill being spread by Italian newspapers.
    "TASS, 'Italian Newspapers Spread Absurd Rumors'," October 10, 1945, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, RGASPI, f. 558, op. 11, d. 97, ll. 29. Translated for CWIHP by Gary Goldberg. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/134685
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[stamp: Secret Department of TASS]

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ITALIAN NEWSPAPERS SPREAD ABSURD RUMORS

ROME, 9 October (TASS). A number of Italian newspapers have published reports about a “serious illness” of Generalissimo Stalin under flashy headlines. The headlines read: in Quotidiano – Resumption of rumors about Stalin’s illness. Serious illness. Alarm in the Soviet capital. The pessimistic conclusions of specialists”; in Ricostruzione – The health of Stalin is causing serious fears; in Popolo – Stalin is seriously ill. Tribuna del Popolo – Stalin has several months to live.

Three copies printed

1st copy  - to Cde. I. V. Stalin
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nd copy  - to Cde. V. M. Molotov
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rd copy  - to file

Outgoing Nº 469ss
10 October 1945
M. Nº 411 [written initials: pr]

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