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April 21, 1979

PROTOCOL #150 OF THE CC CPSU POLITBURO SESSION, 21 APRIL 1979

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    Concerns helicopter and ammunition deliveries from the Soviet Union to Afghanistan.
    "Protocol #150 of the CC CPSU Politburo Session, 21 April 1979," April 21, 1979, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, TsKhSD, f. 89, per. 14, dok. 28, [cited by Archive-Information Bulletin, 1993 as RGANI, op. 14, d. 28, ll. 2, copy, special file, CC]. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/111283
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Proletariat of all countries, unite!

Subject to return in the course of 3 days
to CC CPSU (General office, 1st sector)
Communist Party of the Soviet Union. CENTRAL COMMITTEE


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P150/93

To Comrs. Brezhnev, Kosygin, Andropov, Gromyko, Suslov, Ustinov, Ponomarev, Smirtyukov.

Extract from protocol #150 of the CC CPSU Politburo session
from 21 April 1979

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On the inexpediency of the participation of soviet military helicopter crews in the suppression of counter-revolutionary activities in the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan.

1. To agree with the proposal on this question submitted in the memorandum by the Ministry of Defense on 18 April 1979, #318/3/0430.

2. To ratify the draft of instructions to the chief military adviser in the DRA (attached).

SECRETARY of CC

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[attached] to article 93 protocol # 150

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KABUL
TO CHIEF MILITARY ADVISER

Inform the Prime-Minister of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan H. Amin that the request to send 15-20 military helicopters with soviet crews has been delivered to the Soviet government.

Tell him that the Afghan government has already been given explanations on the inexpediency of direct participation of soviet military sub-units in the suppression of counter-revolutionary activities in the DRA, as such actions would be used by the enemies of the Afghan revolution and foreign hostile forces in order to falsify soviet international aid to Afghanistan and to carry out anti-governmental and anti-soviet propaganda among the Afghan population.

Emphasize that during March-April of this year, the DRA has already been sent 25 military helicopters which are equipped with 5-10 complete sets of combat ammunition.

Convince H. Amin that existing combat helicopters with Afghan crews are capable, along with subdivisions of land-based forces and combat aircraft, of solving the problems of suppressing counter-revolutionary actions.

Work out for the Afghan command the necessary recommendations pertaining to this question.

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