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April 05, 1976

EXCERPT FROM MINUTES Nº 3 OF THE CPSU CC POLITBURO MEETING OF 5 APRIL 1976, 'MEASURES TO COUNTERACT WESTERN PROPAGANDA ABOUT THE SO-CALLED “KATYN AFFAIR”'

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    The CPSU Central Committee issues five directives to combat the "anti-Soviet" campaign concerning the Katyn massacre.
    "Excerpt from Minutes Nº 3 of the CPSU CC Politburo Meeting of 5 April 1976, 'Measures to Counteract Western Propaganda about the so-called “Katyn Affair”' ," April 05, 1976, 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/209805
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Nº P3/75

to the Smolensk Oblast’ Committee of the CPSU;

to Cdes. Brezhnev, Kosygin, Andropov, Gromyko, Kirilenko, Ponomarev, Katushev, and Smirtyukov.

Excerpt from Minutes Nº 3 of the CPSU CC Politburo meeting of 5 April 1976

Measures to counteract Western propaganda about the so-called “Katyn Affair”

1. Give agreement to the Polish friends to consultations with the goal of discussing possible joint measures to counteract Western propaganda about the so-called “Katyn Affair”, charging the CPSU CC Department and the USSR MFA with holding the consultations.

When doing this proceed from the necessity of close coordination of the steps of the USSR and PNR to counteract and neutralize the anti-socialist and anti-Soviet actions and campaigns in the West in connection with the “Katyn Affair”.

Consider statements with any official declarations from our side inadvisable in order not to give hostile forces a pretext to use polemics about this question for anti-Soviet ends.

2. Charge the CPSU CC Department and the USSR MFA with studying the views of the Polish friends expressed during the consultations, and in case of necessity to make corresponding proposals to the CPSU CC.

3. The USSR MFA in close contact with the diplomatic representatives of the PNR is to give a vigorous rebuff to the provocative attempts to use the so-called “Katyn Affair” to cause harm to Soviet-Polish friendship, when so doing guided by the CPSU CC decree of 2 March 1973 (Nº P80/12).

4. The USSR KGB is to let personnel of the government circles of the appropriate Western countries know through unofficial channels that the new use of various anti-Soviet falsifications is viewed by the Soviet government as a specially invented provocation directed at worsening the international situation.

5. Charge the Smolensk Oblast’ Committee of the CPSU and the Oblast’ executive committee with taking additional steps to ensure the memorial to Polish officers and the premises around it are maintained in proper order.

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