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July 08, 1950

CIPHERED TELEGRAM NO. 36275 FROM FENG XI [STALIN] TO THE SOVIET AMBASSADOR IN PYONGYANG

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    Stalin sharply reprimands Ambassador Shtykovfor promising Soviet advisors to the North Koreans without permission.
    "Ciphered Telegram No. 36275 from Feng Xi [Stalin] to the Soviet Ambassador in Pyongyang," July 08, 1950, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Archive of the President of the Russian Federation (APRF); copy available in Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, Dmitriń≠ Antonovich Volkogonov papers, 1887-1995, mm97083838. Translated by Vladislav Zubok https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/117311
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[in handwriting at the very top] for Cde. Stalin.

Copy no. 2

To be returned after 6 days

Top Secret

8 Department of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Union SSR.

Ciphered Telegram No. 36275

Only by wire

8 July 1950

To Pyongyang, Soviet Ambassador

It appears that you behave incorrectly, for you promised the [North] Koreans to give them [Soviet] advisers, and did not ask us for permission.

You should remember that you are a representative of the USSR, not of Korea.

Let our advisers go to the front headquarters and into army groups in civilian uniforms as correspondents of "Pravda" in the required numbers.

You will be personally responsible before the Soviet Government that they would not be taken prisoners.

No. 380/m.

FENG XI [Stalin]

Typed in 3 copies:

NO. 1 - for Stalin

No. 2 - for Stalin

No. 3 - for Bulganin

Typist Budanova 8 July 1950, 19:35

Correct: head of dispatch of 4th Division 8 Department of the GSSA.

Colonel Gonchar.

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