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  • October 09, 1945

    TASS Digest, 'Reactions to Truman's Message to Congress about the Atomic Bomb; etc.'

    Stories include disputes in the US about putting the atomic bomb under international supervision, a speech by Truman on the atomic bomb, British conservative party politics, the dissolution of the national assembly in Portugal, elections in Budapest, and a speech by British Foreign Secretary Bevin on the conference of ministers of foreign affairs.

  • October 11, 1945

    TASS Digest Distributed to Cde. I.V. Stalin and Cde. C.M. Molotov, 'French Newspaper concerning Rumors in Connection with Comrade Stalin's Going on Vacation; etc.'

    French newspaper "Pari-Press" reported on rumors of Stalin's departure for the Caucuses on vacation, and claimed this confirmed rumors Stalin was ill; Newspaper "Chicago Tribune" similarly reported rumors of Stalin's retirement and a resulting 'behind-the-scenes battle for power' between Zhukov, backed by the army, and Molotov, backed by the Communist Party.

  • October 11, 1945

    TASS Digest, 'Byrnes' Statement at a Press Conference; etc.'

    Excerpts from a press conference by James Byrnes on the creation of a Far East Consultative Commission, as well as articles on the atomic bomb, the Council of Foreign Ministers, and a new civilian advisor for Jewish matters appointed by General Eisenhower.

  • October 12, 1945

    TASS Digest, 'The Mexican Press about Byrnes' Statement; etc.'

    Excerpts from articles on James Byrnes, General Mark W. Clark, Clement Attlee, and US refusal to share technical information about the atomic bomb.

  • October 16, 1945

    TASS Digest Distributed to Cde. I.V. Stalin and Cde. C.M. Molotov, 'The Anti-Soviet Fabrications of a Mexican Newspaper; Etc.'

    Summary of news reports from Mexico, Sweden, Canada, and Great Britain, most on Stalin's alleged illness.

  • October 19, 1945

    TASS Digest Distributed to Cde. I.V. Stalin and Cde. C.M. Molotov, 'Ecuadorian Press about a Statement Ascribed to Comrade Stalin by a New York Times Correspondent; etc.'

    Articles on the Yalta Conference, Foreign Minister Molotov's influence in the Soviet Union, and Stalin's alleged illness.

  • October 21, 1945

    TASS Digest Distributed to Cde. I.V. Stalin and Cde. C.M. Molotov, 'The Assertions of An Associated Press Commentator; etc.'

    Articles on Stalin's alleged death, retirement or vacation and the implications of his possible retreat from politics.

  • October 22, 1945

    TASS Digest Distributed to Cde. I.V. Stalin and Cde. C.M. Molotov, 'Radio Broadcasts; Sadak's Article'

    TASS reports on rumors of Stalin's illness in Congolese and Turkish newspapers as well as a Turkish analysis of Soviet politics.

  • October 23, 1945

    TASS Digest Distributed to Cde. I.V. Stalin et al, 'Report of a TASS Correspondent in France'

    Report that the French press has been instructed by the Ministry of Information not to spread any information of foreign policy favorable to the USSR.

  • October 23, 1945

    TASS Digest Distributed to Cde. I.V. Stalin and Cde. C.M. Molotov, 'Radio Broadcast'

    The Soviet embassy in London responded to rumors by announcing that Stalin's health is "excellent."

  • October 23, 1945

    TASS Digest Distributed to Cde. I.V. Stalin and Cde. C.M. Molotov, 'Radio Broadcasts'

    Rumors continue to circulate that Stalin is ill, and Soviet representatives have neither confirmed nor denied these rumors.

  • October 26, 1945

    TASS Digest Distributed to Cde. I.V. Stalin and Cde. C.M. Molotov, 'London Report About Norwegian Newspapers; Etc.'

    TASS reports on rumors that Stalin is ill and blames the American press for fueling these rumors.

  • October 27, 1945

    TASS Digest Distributed to Cde. I.V. Stalin et al, 'Radio Broadcast'

    US Ambassador to the Soviet Union Harriman told the press that Stalin was in good condition when they met in Sochi.

  • October 28, 1945

    TASS Digest Distributed to Cde. I.V. Stalin and Cde. C.M. Molotov, 'The London Correspondent of "The New York Times" About Comrade Stalin; etc.'

    TASS reports on newspaper articles in the foreign press disputing rumors of Stalin's illness.

  • November 12, 1945

    TASS Reports Distributed to Cdes. I.V. Stalin, V.M. Molotov, A.I. Mikyan, L.P. Beria, G.M. Malenkov, and A. Ya. Vyshinsky

    TASS reports on foreign news stories it views as slanderous to Joseph Stalin, including stories on his declining health and possible successors.

  • November 12, 1945

    TASS Reports Distributed to Cdes. I.V. Stalin, V.M. Molotov, A.I. Mikyan, L.P. Beria, G.M. Malenkov, and A. Ya. Vyshinsky

    TASS reports on foreign news stories it views as slanderous to Joseph Stalin.

  • November 13, 1945

    TASS Report Distributed to Cdes. I.V. Stalin, V.M. Molotov, A.I. Mikoyan, L.P. Beria, G.M. Malenkov, and A. Ya. Vyshinsky, 'Radio Broadcast'

    A radio broadcast suggests Stalin is not sick, but merely tired from the war.

  • November 14, 1945

    TASS Report Distributed to Cdes. I.V. Stalin, V.M. Molotov, A.I. Mikoyan, L.P. Beria, G.M. Malenkov, and A. Ya. Vyshinsky, 'Expressen Comments on Rumors of an Illness of Comrade Stalin'

    Swedish newspaper Expressen suggests that Western rumors surrounding Stalin's diminishing health will only get worse unless TASS, or some other authoritative Russian source, clearly refutes them.

  • November 14, 1945

    TASS Report Distributed to Cdes. I.V. Stalin, V.M. Molotov, A.I. Mikoyan, L.P. Beria, G.M. Malenkov, and A. Ya. Vyshinsky, 'The Anti-Soviet Attacks of a Uruguayan Newspaper'

    TASS reports on an Uruguayan news story that claims the Soviet regime is built around Stalin's personality rather than communist or socialist principles.

  • November 14, 1945

    TASS Report Distributed to Cdes. I.V. Stalin, V.M. Molotov, A.I. Mikoyan, L.P. Beria, G.M. Malenkov, and A. Ya. Vyshinsky, 'The Tendentious Coverage of Events in Bucharest by a British Correspondent'

    TASS reports on anti-Communist demonstrations on November 8 in Bucharest, as well as what it sees as unfairly favorable coverage of the demonstrations in the British press.