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  • July 27, 1934

    Letter from Stalin to Cde. G. Apresov, Consul General in Urumqi

    Stalin compares Sheng Shicai, Governor of Xinjiang, to "a provocateur or an hopeless 'leftist'."

  • July 27, 1934

    Letter from Cdes. Stalin, Molotov, and Voroshilov to Governor Sheng Shicai

    While expressing appreciate for Sheng's role in pacifying Xinjiang and expressing their firm trust in him, Stalin, Molotov, and Voroshilov deny his request to join the Communist Party and express their disagreement with the opinions he expressed in his earlier letter. Citing Xinjiang's economic backwardness, they condemn the rapid implementation of Communism in Xinjiang as a "ludicrous" idea and also advise against overthrowing the Nanjing government.

  • 1936

    Telegram from Cdes. Stalin, Molotov, and Voroshilov to G. Apresov, Consul General in Urumqi

    Stalin, Molotov, Voroshilov express alarm about Shicai Sheng's red corner and discussions about the possible Sovietization of Xinjiang, reported in an earlier telegram from G. Apresov. They reaffirm that the USSR has no territorial claims on China, denies any plans for the Sovietization of Xinjiang, and declares its firm support for China in its struggle of independence from Japan, Britain, and other imperialist countries.

  • May 28, 1937

    Concerning Song Ziwen's Travel

    The Politburo recommends that the governor of Xinjiang permit Song Ziwen to travel to Urumqi.

  • September 02, 1938

    A Conversation Between Cdes. Stalin, Molotov, and Voroshilov and the Governor Shicai Sheng which Occurred in the Kremlin on 2 September 1938

    Stalin, Molotov, Voroshilov, and Governor Sheng discuss Xinjiang's military, level of industrialization, and natural resources, as well as Governor Sheng's strong desire to join the Communist Party.

  • January 29, 1941

    Notes from the Meeting between Comrade Stalin and Economists Concerning Questions in Political Economy, 29 January 1941

    Notes from L.A. Leont’ev's January 1941 meeting with Stalin, regarding drafts of two commissioned textbooks on political economy. Stalin gives his views on "planning", "wages", "fascism", and other issues.

  • July 07, 1942

    Letter to the Soviet Ambassador in Chongqing

    At the instruction of the Soviet government and Cde. Stalin personally, the Soviet ambassador to China is instructed to inform Chiang Kai-shek of the worrying views expressed by Shicai Sheng in his recent letter to Stalin, Voroshilov, and Molotov and present him with the text of Molotov's reply.

  • May 10, 1943

    Letter to Stalin from Korean Political Parties and Other Organizations which are Based in China

    The author celebrates Stalin’s victories against fascist forces and asks Stalin to aid Korea and to recognize the Korean Provisional government.

  • June 10, 1943

    Concerning a Spiritual Directorate of Muslims of Central Asia and Kazakhstan

    The Politburo directs the NKVD to permit the organization of a Spiritual Directorate of Muslims of Central Asia and Kazakhstan.

  • January 22, 1944

    Stalin’s Conversation with Choibalsan

    Conversations between Joseph Stalin and Khorloogiin Choibalsan about Mongolia and efforts to defend against possible Chinese attacks during World War II.

  • February 02, 1944

    Memorandum of Conversation Held in the Kremlin, February 2, 1944, at 6 p.m.

    W. Averell Harriman and Joseph Stalin discuss the United States using Soviet Air Bases on the Pacific coast and the Soviets entering the Pacific fight.

  • February 02, 1944

    Telegram re Stalin Harriman Conversation on Japanese Troops

    W. Averell Harriman and Joseph Stalin discuss Soviet intelligence about Japanese troop movements.

  • February 02, 1944

    Memorandum of Conversation re Stalin Harriman Coversation

    A conversation between W. Averell Harriman and Joseph Stalin about the prospects of working with the Polish government during World War II.

  • February 03, 1944

    Paraphrase of Outgoing Navy Cable - Moscow, February 3, 1944

    W. Averell Harriman and Joseph Stalin discuss information the Russian have gathered from Japanese sources about future Japanese plans and troop movements during World War II.

  • February 03, 1944

    Paraphrase of Embassy's Telegram No. 361, February 3, to the Department of State

    Clark Kerr and Joseph Stalin discuss issues with the Polish government and the future of Poland after World War II.

  • February 29, 1944

    Paraphrase of Embassy’s Telegram No. 673 of February 29, 1944, to the Department of State.

    Ambassador Harriman's telegram about a conversation Joseph Stalin and Clark Kerr had about issues with the Polish government in London and the future of the Polish government post war.

  • March 01, 1944

    Paraphrase of Embassy’s telegram No. 688, March 1, 1944, to the Department of State

    W. Averell Harriman's telegram recounting Clark Kerr's summary of his conversation with Joseph Stalin discussing the future of the Polish govenment.

  • March 03, 1944

    Paraphrase of Outgoing Navy Cable – Moscow, March 3, 1944.

    Ambassador Harriman and Joseph Stalin discuss future military movements in the Far East and Soviet intelligence about Japanese military plans.

  • March 03, 1944

    Stalin and Harriman Discuss Air Power and the Japanese

    Ambassador Harriman and Joseph Stalin discuss Far East Air Power and intelligence about Japanese military movements.

  • March 03, 1944

    Paraphrase of Embassy's telegram No. 716, March 3, 1944, to the Department of State

    Joseph Stalin and Ambassador Harriman discuss Stalin's views on Poland.