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October 27, 1962

TELEGRAM FROM TROSTNIK (SOVIET DEFENSE MINISTER RODION MALINOVSKY) TO PAVLOV (GENERAL ISA PLIEV)

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    Malinovsky demands that Soviet Forces in Cuba stop deployment of R-12 and R-14 missiles to prevent aggravation of the United Nations.
    "Telegram from TROSTNIK (Soviet Defense Minister Rodion Malinovsky) to PAVLOV (General Isa Pliev)," October 27, 1962, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Archive of the President of the Russian Federation, Special Declassification, April 2002. Translated by Svetlana Savranskaya https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/117325
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TROSTNIK[1]…to Comrade PAVLOV[2]

Stop all work on deployment of R-12 and R-14—you are aggravating the United Nations.  Camouflage everything carefully, work only at night.

Director

27 October

[1] Trostnik, which means "reed" in Russian, was a code name for Soviet Defense Minister Marshal Rodion Y. Malinovsky.

[2] "Pavlov" was used as a code name for General Issa A. Pliyev, commander of Soviet forces in Cuba.