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April 13, 1960

JOURNAL OF SOVIET AMBASSADOR IN THE DPRK A.M. PUZANOV FOR 13 APRIL 1960

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    Puzanov recounts a discussion he held with GDR Ambassador Kurt Schneidewind.
    "Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 13 April 1960," April 13, 1960, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, AVPRF fond 0102, opis 16, delo 6, p.147-163. Translated for NKIDP by Gary Goldberg. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/116163
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USSR EMBASSY IN THE DPRK [faded USSR   TOP SECRET

MFA stamp:                     Copy Nº 3

Nº 77 01047s

2 May 1960 16 May 1960]

[Handwritten notations:

to [[illegible name] and

G. Ye. Samsonov]

JOURNAL

of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A. M. Puzanov for the period

12 April through 27 April 1960

Pyongyang

[…]

13 April 1960

I received GDR Ambassador Kurt Schneidewind.

The Ambassador provided information that there are instructions from the GDR MFA about a broader celebration of the 15th anniversary of victory day. The Ambassador asked whether the Soviet Embassy has any instructions about this.

I replied that we do not have yet instructions about celebration of the 15th anniversary of victory day.

Kurt Schneidewind provided information that a mass cooperation of peasants had taken place in the first quarter of this year. As a result, the percentage of collectivization of peasant farms in December 1959 had risen from 53% to 85% in April of this year

In return I informed the Ambassador about the attitude of the Soviet government toward the latest FRG note.

In the course of the conversation opinions were exchanged about the DPRK Cabinet of Ministers Decree about improvement of the system of state purchases which had occurred, the situation in South Korea, etc.

[…]

USSR AMBASSADOR IN THE DPRK

[signature] (A. PUZANOV)

Five copies printed

1st - to Cde. A. A. Gromyko

2nd - to Cde. Yu. V. Andropov

3rd - to the USSR MFA DVO

4th - to Cde. I. I. Tugarinov

5th - to file

Nº 259 29 April 1960