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  • December 11, 1989

    Telegram of the Hungarian Embassy in Moscow about V. M. Falin’s Briefing on the Malta Summit on 11 December

    V.M. Falin, Head of the International Department of the Central Committee of the CPSU, provides a briefing about the Malta Summit.

  • December 12, 1989

    Ciphered Telegram No. 227, Embassy of Hungary in Pakistan to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry

    Short report on talks with the chairman of the Pakistani Atomic Energy Commission. Pakistan wants to purchase a nuclear power plant control system from Hungary.

  • December 13, 1989

    Letter by Ognyan Doynov to Delegates of the People’s Assembly

    Letter by Ognyan Doynov to delegates of the People’s Assembly criticizing Zhivkov and his retinue and calling for those who worked under Zhivkov to give way to new leadership

  • December 18, 1989

    Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Moscow to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Bucharest)

    Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Moscow to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Bucharest) regarding the issuing of visas for Romania to Soviet citizens, particularly to Soviet Jews who have permission to emigrate to Israel, and asking whether to issue visas to Romanians who live in the Soviet Union for vacation purposes

  • December 18, 1989

    Letter by People’s Representative and Candidate BCP CC Politburo Member Andrey Lukanov to Stanko Todorov, Chairman of the People’s Assembly

    Letter by People’s Representative and Candidate BCP CC Politburo Member Andrey Lukanov to Stanko Todorov, Chairman of the People’s Assembly countering Doynov’s statements concerning him

  • December 20, 1989

    Letter from Shevardnadze to Gorbachev

    Letter from Shevardnadze to Gorbachev discussing the events in Romania and the limitation to news sources, primarily from the West, of information regarding these events

  • December 21, 1989

    Memorandum of Conversation with the Ambassador of the SRR [Socialist Republic of Romania] in the USSR, I. Bucur

    Memorandum of conversation with the Ambassador of the SRR [Socialist Republic of Romania] in the USSR, I. Bucur regarding the events in Timisoara, expressing confusion about comments by Romanian officials concerning planned intervention by the Soviet Union

  • December 21, 1989

    Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Moscow to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Moscow to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding Romanian disapproval with Soviet mass media portrayal of events in Timisoara

  • December 21, 1989

    Information Note from the Romanian Embassy in Moscow to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Note from the Romanian Embassy in Moscow to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding a discussion with the Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister concerning events in Timisoara and Ceausescu’s disapproval with Soviet official declarations concerning the events

  • December 21, 1989

    Informational Note from the Romanian Embassy in Moscow to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Bucharest)

    Informational Note from the Romanian Embassy in Moscow to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Bucharest) regarding requests by Soviets for more information on the situation in Romania due to various press reports

  • December 22, 1989

    Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Moscow to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Bucharest) (2)

    Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Moscow to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Bucharest) regarding discussions with Soviets concerning the events in Eastern Europe and the backlash against the old regimes

  • December 22, 1989

    Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Moscow to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Bucharest) (1)

    Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Moscow to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Bucharest) containing a reply by Soviet leadership through Aboimov to Romanian accusations that the Soviet Union was planning military intervention in Romania

  • December 22, 1989

    Record of Conversation with the Ambassador of the SFRY [Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia] in the USSR, Milan Veres

    Record of Conversation with the Ambassador of the SFRY [Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia] in the USSR, Milan Veres regarding the events in Timisoara and the Yugoslav evaluation of these events, as well as Yugoslav concern over the situation

  • December 24, 1989

    Record of Conversation with US Ambassador to the USSR, J. Matlock

    Record of conversation with US Ambassador to the USSR, J. Matlock regarding the situation in Romania, providing humanitarian aid to Romania, the evacuation of Soviet citizens, and the non-intervention policy by the Soviet Union

  • January 05, 1990

    Statement of Alexander Lilov, Bulgarian Politburo Member, at a Meeting with the Ministry of the Interior Leadership

    Alexander Lilov responds to criticism from the police academy cadets. In an open letter, the cadets, concerned with the softening assimilation policies towards the Turkish minority, claim that Turkish nationalism poses a threat to Bulgaria’s territorial integrity. Lilov dismisses the fears for secession of the predominantly Turkish regions from Bulgaria and reminds his audience that historically Bulgarian nationalism has also been a particularly destructive force.

  • January 13, 1990

    Department of State, Memorandum from Elizabeth Rindskopf to Mr. Kimmit, 'Pakistan Nuclear-New Trial for Pervez'

    Pervez’s lawyers had mounted an entrapment defense in 1987 and a Supreme Court decision relating to that defense (Matthews vs. United States) case made it possible for Pervez to launch successfully a bid for retrial on all of the counts. After plea bargaining discussions, a trial was avoided when Pervez pleaded nolo contendere to the count of illegal export of beryllium. He was released from prison on 4 April 1990 on the basis of time served.

  • January 26, 1990

    Discussion of the German Question at a Private Meeting in the Office of the CPSU CC General Secretary

    In a conversation recorded by Chernyaev, Gorbachev candidly discusses the political situation in East and West Germany, the weakness of the Socialist Unity Party (SED), and the Soviet strategy for managing German reunification.

  • February 09, 1990

    Soviet Record of Conversation between M.S. Gorbachev and US Secretary of State J. Baker

    Gorbachev and Baker discuss cuts in strategic arms and conventional forces, focusing on air-based and sea-based cruise missiles.

  • February 13, 1990

    Bush-Kohl Telephone Conversation on the Situation in Germany

    Telephone conversation between President George H. W. Bush and German Chancellor Helmut Kohl on the situation in Germany.

  • February 17, 1990

    Excerpt from Protocol No. 179 of the Meeting of the Politburo CC CPSU, 'On the Upcoming Elections in Nicaragua'

    The CC CPSU approves of the analysis made by E. A. Shevardnadze and A.N. Yakovlev on the upcoming elections in Nicaragua and the position of the Sandinista National Liberation Front.