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  • October 06, 1950

    Telegram from Gromyko and Vasilevsky to Stalin, attaching draft cable to Shtykov

    In a telegram to Stalin, Vasilevsky and Gromyko ask for consideration concerning the attached recent draft cable to Shtykov, stating approval for Shytkov’s call for the evacuation of Soviet advisers, personnel and families and, in case of emergency, all Soviet citizens from Korea.

  • July 01, 1953

    Letter from Lavrentiy Beria to Georgii Malenkov Reflecting on the Events of Spring 1953 (Excerpt)

    Letter from Beria to Malenkov discussing the events which took place in East Germany in the spring of 1953. Beria also discusses his actions after Stalin's death, asking for the forgiveness of the CPSU CC Politburo.

  • March 26, 1955

    Statement by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and the Council of Ministers of the USSR on the Transfer of the 72nd Engineer Brigade to East Germany

    Transfer of Soviet troops and missiles to various Eastern European countries.

  • December 20, 1955

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK V. I. Ivanov for 20 December 1955

    Nam Il and Ivanov discuss the agricultural tax and the issue of Soviet Koreans in the Party. In another meeting, Pak Jeong-ae assures Ivanov that the KWP CC is going to widely disseminate translations of speeches made by Bulganin and Khrushchev.

  • March 20, 1956

    Speech by Comrade Khrushchev at the 6th PUWP CC Plenum, Warsaw

    Speech by Comrade Khrushchev at the 6th PUWP CC Plenum, 20 March 1956, Warsaw explaining the changes since the death of Stalin and criticizing Stalin

  • April 23, 1956

    Record of a Speech delivered by Kim Il Sung at the Third Congress of the Korean Workers' Party

    Kim Il Sung draws on Khrushchev's speech at the 20th Congress of the CPSU in his own speech at the Third Congress of the Korean Workers' Party, and speaks to the successes of the Three-Year Plan and discusses the implementation of a similar Five-Year Plan.

  • September 03, 1956

    Letter from Ri Sang-jo to N.S. Khrushchev

    Ri Sang-jo urges Khrushchev to send a Sino-Soviet delegation to intervene in the aftermath of the August KWP CC Plenum.

  • November 23, 1958

    Journal Entry of Ambassador Volkov: Conversation with Djuanda

    Notes from the journal of B.M. Volkov, Soviet Ambassador to Indonesia, on a meeting with Djuanda Kartawidjaja, the Prime Minister of Indonesia, on November 20, 1958. Volkov relays an invitation from Khrushchev to Djuanda to visit the Soviet Union and the two discuss details of the visit. They also discuss the establishment of a United Nations armed forces and work on a Soviet-Indonesian economic delegation.

  • December 04, 1958

    Comments on the Preparation of the Steps of the Soviet Government Concerning a Change in the Status of West Berlin

    East German ambassador to Moscow, Johannes Koenig summarized information he gleaned from various Soviet Foreign Ministry officials about the process leading up to Soviet Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev’s speech of 10 November 1958 and notes of 27 November 1958, which launched the Berlin Crisis.

  • December, 1959

    Mao Zedong, Outline for a Speech on the International Situation

    Draft of a speech by Mao Zedong, criticizing Khrushchev for his revisionism and for fearing Chinese Communism. Lists the occasions on which the Soviet Union has failed to support China, and extols the concept of continuous revolution.

  • February 15, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 15 February 1960

    A luncheon is held in connection with the 10th anniversary of the Soviet-Chinese treaty of friendship, alliance, and mutual aid.

  • March 15, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 15 March 1960

    Pak Seong-cheol explains ongoing changes within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Puzanov obtains new information on industries in various regions of North Korea.

  • May 17, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 17 May 1960

    Puzanov informs Kim Il Sung of the Soviet position toward America's provocations and says Kim's request to visit Krushchev in Moscow will likely be accepted.

  • June, 1960

    From the Diary of S. V. Chervonenko, Memorandum of Conversation with the General Secretary of the CC CCP, Deng Xiaoping, 17 May 1960

    Deng Xiaoping discuss Khrushchev's speech regarding the American U-2 spy plane shot down by the Soviet Union in May 1960 and the Eisenhower administration's attempted cover up. He also discussed Zhou Enlai's visit to India and continued tensions between India and China.

  • June 04, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 4 June 1960

    Puzanov urgently delivers a CPSU Central Committee letter to Kim Chang-man and informs Kim about Khrushchev's statement on general and complete disarmament.

  • June 17, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 17 June 1960

    Kim Il Sung meets with Khrushchev, and Kim Il Sung and Puzanov discuss the chedule of Khrushchev's visit to the DPRK.

  • June 29, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 29 June-21 July 1960

    Puzanov reports Kim Il Sung's reaction to the meeting with Khrushchev, while Khrushchev addresses Kim Il Sung's request for economic assistance.

  • July 28, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 28 July 1960

    Kim Do-man and A.M. Puzanov discuss the program of Khrushchev's planned visit to North Korea.

  • August 13, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 13 August 1960

    Puzanov and Pak Geum-cheol discuss Soviet-North Korean relations and the ongoing Sino-Soviet split.

  • August 27, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 27 August 1960

    Pak Seong-cheoll expresses gratitude for Khrushchev's planned visit to Pyongyang, while Puzanov asks for a draft of the program for Khrushchev.