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November 13, 1984

PRESIDIUM OF THE MOLDAVIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, NO. 178/02, 'DECISION REGARDING THE COUNTERACTING OF THE FALSIFICATIONS OF ROMANIAN SOCIOLOGISTS'

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    The Moldavian Academy of Sciences reports on its decisions to counteract Romanian propaganda which contained "interpretations of a nationalist spirit appear, [as well as] misrepresentations of a series of key-problems tied to the history of Romania, to Russo-Romanian and Soviet-Romanian relations, to the falsification of the so-called 'Bessarabian question,' to the history of the liberation of Romania by the Soviet Army, etc."
    "Presidium of the Moldavian Academy of Sciences, No. 178/02, 'Decision Regarding the Counteracting of the Falsifications of Romanian Sociologists'," November 13, 1984, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, AOSPRM, fond. 51, inv. 71, dosar 221, filele 269-270; Document No. 48 in Elena Negru and Gheorghe Negru, “PCM şi Naţionalism (1965-1989): Documente adunate în cadrul programului de cercetări effectuate de câtre Comisia pentru studierea şi aprecierea regimului tolitar communist din Republica Moldova,” special edition, Destin românesc, vol. 16, no. 5-6 (2010), pp. 165-167. Translated for CWIHP by Larry L. Watts. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/116395
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DECISION

Regarding the Counteracting of the Falsifications of Romanian Sociologists

The Presidium of the USSR Academy of Sciences (Decision No. 174 of 07.06.84) notes that, recently, the Romanian press, especially history journals, publish more and more articles in which transgressions from the fundamental principles of scientific communism are tolerated, interpretations of a nationalist spirit appear, [as well as] misrepresentations of a series of key-problems tied to the history of Romania, to Russo-Romanian and Soviet-Romanian relations, to the falsification of the so-called “Bessarabian question,” to the history of the liberation of Romania by the Soviet Army, etc. In the journals Socialist Era and Historical Annals articles have appeared that express disagreement with the notion of “real socialism,” [and] “the socialist community,” [and] which incorrectly treat the problem of the passage from capitalism to socialism and propagates the so-called “new correlation of forces in the world,” etc.

The Presidium of the Academy of Sciences has tasked the History Institute of the USSR, the Institute of Military History, the Institute of Slavistic and Balkanistic Studies, the Institute of Universal Literature, the Institute of General History, the Linguistic Institute, the Institute of Philosophy, the Institute of the Economy of the World Socialist System, the Institute of Ethnography of the USSR Academy of Sciences, in close contact with the corresponding scientific institutions of the Ukrainian AS and the Moldavian AS, with undertaking measures for the intensification of the counteracting of the falsifications in the works of Romanian sociologists ([through] the publication of books, brochures, [and] articles of a counter-propagandistic nature).

The Council for International Collaboration in the Domain of the Social Sciences in the USSR, together with the Directorate for Scientific Collaboration with the Socialist Countries of the USSR AS, should more broadly practice, within the framework of the joint preparation and development of the activities of Soviet and Romanian sociologists, the exchange of views with Romanian colleagues, opposing their erroneous positions with a scientifically argued analysis of the most acute problems.

In the aim of fulfilling the decision of the Presidium of the USSR AS (Section for Social Sciences) of 07.06.84, no. 174 “On the Counteracting of the Falsifications of Romanian Sociologists,” the Presidium of the Moldavian SSR Academy of Sciences DECIDES:

  1. The Section for Social Sciences:
    1. To take as the guiding line the fulfillment of the decision of the Presidium of the USSR AS (Section for Social Science) of 07.06.84, no. 174 “On the Counteracting of the Falsifications of Romanian Sociologists”;
    2. Prepare, by 15 December of the current year, a note with the necessary argumentation for the coordination in the Section of Social Sciences of workers recommended for publication in the MSSR regarding questions connected with the history of Romania, of Russo-Romanian and Soviet-Romanian relations, as well as of some aspects of the history of Moldavia.
  1. The Section of Social Sciences, the scientific institutions and the scientific councils must seriously increase the quality of the scientific production; not allowing the appearance of any publications with erroneous interpretations on the questions connected with the history of Romania, [and with] Russo-Romanian and Soviet-Romanian relations; to raise the level of re-censorship.
  2. To approve the measures of the scientific institutions of the Sector for Social Sciences of the MSSR regarding the decision of the Presidium of the USSR Academy of Sciences no. 174 of 07.06.84 “On the Counteracting of the Falsifications of Romanian Sociologists.”
  3. To assign the responsibility for the control of the implementation of the present decision to the Academician-Secretary of the Section for Social Sciences of the MSSR AS, D. T. Ursul.

President of the MSSR Academy of Sciences, Academician of the MSSR AS, A. A. Zhuchenko (signature)

Ad-interim Principal Scientific Secretary of the Presidium of the MSSR Academy of Sciences, Corresponding member of the MSSR AS, A. M. Andries (signature)

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