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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 prohibits the use of nuclear weapons without instructions from Moscow.
    "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/117326
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TROSTNIK[1]…to Comrade PAVLOV[2]

to # 8/154

We categorically confirm that you are prohibited from using nuclear weapons from missiles, FKR [cruise missiles], “Luna” and aircraft without orders from Moscow.  

Confirm receipt.

Director

# 76639

27 October 1962

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[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.