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April 12, 1971

NOTE, A. GROMYKO TO THE CPSU CENTRAL COMMITTEE

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    Gromyko describes "anti-Soviet propaganda" in the United Kingdom related to the Katyn massacre. He proposes that the Soviet Embassy in London make representations to the British Foreign Office.
    "Note, A. Gromyko to the CPSU Central Committee," April 12, 1971, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, Dmitriĭ Antonovich Volkogonov papers, 1887-1995, mm97083838. Translated by Gary Goldberg. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/209801
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Attempts to foment an anti-Soviet propaganda campaign around the so-called “Katyn Affair” have recently occurred in Britain. In particular, the press has published various “recollections of witnesses”. The launch of a book “Katyn – an Unprecedented Crime” is set for 19 April of this year. The BBC television company intends to show a “documentary” file it has prepared the same day.

The USSR MFA thinks it advisable to charge the Soviet Embassy in London with making a representation to the British MFA in connection with this campaign which is hostile to the Soviet Union.

The Polish friends, who are also considering the question of a  representation to the British, ought to be informed about our step.

A draft decree is attached.

Please consider [it]. [handwritten: “see your P1/35”]

A. Gromyko

12 April 1971

Nº 585/GS

20-zm

13 April 1971

1-17

[handwritten: TsK-14015]

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