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May 06, 1989

MEMORANDUM OF VADIM ZAGLADIN TO GORBACHEV

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    Memorandum from Zagladin to Gorbachev on Zagladin's recent trip to Czechoslovakia, in preparation for Gorbachev's upcoming trip there.
    "Memorandum of Vadim Zagladin to Gorbachev," May 06, 1989, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Source: The Archive of Gorbachev Foundation. Translated by Vladislav Subok, The National Security Archive. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/134878
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Memorandum of Vadim Zagladin to Gorbachev, around 6 May 1989.

On his trip to Czechoslovakia on April 31 – May 5, 1989

… Having in mind in particular your upcoming meeting with [First Secretary of the CPC Milos] Jakes, I would like to report on the situation in Czechoslovakia. Many of my meetings there are putting me in a grave mood.

Since shortly before 1968 I had worked in the CSSR (in the journal “The Problems of World and Socialism”) and during 1968 I had to deal with the Czech affairs continuously, I can compare. In general the popular mood, as well as the mood in political circles… is very similar to that I had observed back in 1965-1967, i.e. on the eve of the events of 1968.