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February 16, 1937

CONCERNING SOVIET GEOLOGICAL EXPLORATION WORK IN XINJIANG

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    The Politburo orders that the Special Expedition of the NKTP continue its work in the territory of Xinjiang, namely exploring and mining in the Surtassky deposit and the Ili [Yili] District, through 1937.
    "Concerning Soviet Geological Exploration Work in Xinjiang," February 16, 1937, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, RGASPI F.17 op. 162, d. 20 l.181. Obtained by Jamil Hasanli and translated by Gary Goldberg. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/121873
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RGASPI F.17 op. 162, d. 20 l.181

[handwritten]: MINUTES Nº 45 of the

Politburo decisions between 28 December 1936 and  17 February 1937

[handwritten at the top of the page: point 368 is in classified storage.

of 16 February 1937]

[…]

368. Concerning Xinjiang.

1. Extend the work of the Special Expedition of the NKTP to 1937, restricting its work on the territory of Xinjiang to the following tasks:

a) carrying out detailed exploration of the Surtassky deposit of tin and tungsten;

b) the organization of pilot mining for the development of a flow chart for enriching the Surtassky ores;

c) the geological exploration work in Ili [Yili] District with the goal of expanding the reserves of the primary deposits of tin.

2. Appropriate 2,000,000 rubles in Soviet hard currency and $40,000 US for the Expedition's work in 1937.

3. Discuss in Gosplan the issue of building a mine on Xinjiang territory and a concentrating mill in the region of Dzharkend [sic], combining both enterprises with a highway or a narrow-gauge railway.

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to Cdes. Ordzhonikidze, Stomonyakov, Antipov, Miroshnikov, and Yezhov - everything; to Kruglikov - 2, and V. Mezhlauk - 3.

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