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  • September 29, 1944

    Letter, Igor V. Kurchatov, Director of the Soviet Nuclear Program, to Lavrenti Beria

    In this letter, physicist Igor V. Kurchatov, the scientific director of the Soviet nuclear project, writes to secret police chief Lavrenti Beria, whom Stalin had given principal responsibility for the atomic effort. Prodded by his own scientists and by intelligence reports of the secret Anglo-American atomic enterprise, Stalin had initiated a small-scale Soviet nuclear weapons program in late 1942-early 1943. But the level of support political leaders had given the project failed to satisfy Kurchatov, who pleaded with Beria for additional backing.

  • April 06, 1945

    Report from L. P. Beria to I. V. Stalin About the Expediency of Using the Division of the USSR People's Commissariat of the Interior (NKVD) for Protection of Railroad Communications of Romania

    Beria recommends moving one of the NKVD divisions in Bucharest in order to defend Romanian railroad communications.

  • April 29, 1945

    Report from L. Beria and A. Vyshinsky to Cde. I.V. Stalin

    Beria and Vyshinsky summarize the prevailing conditions in the Ili District of Xinjiang, describing the equipment and foodstuffs seized by the rebels, the extent of Chinese army losses, and the provisional government headed by Alihan Tore Shakirjan. Urging Stalin to support the Ili Muslims' liberation movement, they offer suggestions for future actions in support of the rebel army.

  • May 11, 1945

    Letter from L. Beria to Cde. I.V. Stalin

    Molotov reports that he is sending Stalin a letter from Alihan Tore Shakirjan, the Chairman of the Provisional Government of East Turkestan.

  • June 02, 1945

    Letter from L. Beria to Cde. I.V. Stalin of the State Defense Committee and Cde. V.M. Molotov of the Council of People's Commissars

    Beria describes a meeting between NKVD Lt. Col. Prokopyuk and Shakirjan at which Shakirjan suggested renewing active rebel operations, emphasizing that the lack of combat is beginning to demoralize the Muslim population.

  • July 03, 1945

    Report from L. Beria to I.V. Stalin of the State Defense Committee and V.M. Molotov of the Council of People's Commissars

    Beria reports on a Chinese offensive against the Dungan rebel battalion in the Ili District of Xinjiang, noting the Chinese and rebel losses.

  • July 11, 1945

    Telegram from L. Beria to the Cde. Stalin of the State Defense Committee and Cde. Molotov of the Council of People's Commissars

    Beria reports that, in June 1945, Chinese aircraft conducted reconnaissance and bombed Ili rebel positions in the region of Yun-Dzhikho.

  • July 13, 1945

    Report from Cde. Yegnarov to Cde. L.P. Beria

    Yegnarov notes that he is sending Stalin and Molotov a copy of a report of Cde. Yegnarov describing his conversation with "Sadyk."

  • September 05, 1945

    Report from L. Beria to Cde. I.V. Stalin, V.M. Molotov, and Cde. G.M. Malenkov

    Beria reports on the progress of the rebel movement in Xinjiang at the end of August, including information on the locations of the rebels' active operations, their armed forces, Chinese prisoners of war, and recent rebel casualties. He also describes the Chinese Armed Forces' likely responses to recent rebel advances in the Ili District.

  • October 05, 1945

    L. Beria to Cde. V.M. Molotov

    Beria writes that Osman Batur does not intend to recognize the East Turkestan Republic. Instead, Osman will create an independent state in Altai, in part due to the support of Choibalsan.

  • October 13, 1945

    Telegram, V. Molotov, L. Beria, G. Malenkov, and A. Mikoyan to Cde. Stalin

    Stalin's suggestions for Soviet delegation was approved by the Politburo.

  • October 16, 1945

    Telegram, V. Molotov, L. Beria, G. Malenkov, and A. Mikoyan to Cde. Stalin

    Suggestion for sending instruction to comrade Rudenko in a separate telegram, assuming that the 4th amendment is the primary change.

  • October 16, 1945

    Telegram, V. Molotov, L. Beria, G. Malenkov, and A. Mikoyan to Cde. Stalin

    Molotov, Beria, Malenkov, and Mikoyan suggest receiving American Ambassador Harriman at President Truman's request but argue that Harriman should not be made aware of Stalin's location.

  • October 17, 1945

    Telephone Message, Molotov, Beria, Malenkov, and Mikoyan to Cde. Stalin

    Request for Stalin's confirmation on the draft reply to Harriman about his meeting with Stalin.

  • October 18, 1945

    Telephone Message, V. Molotov, L. Beria, G. Malenkov, and A. Mikoyan to Cde. Stalin to Cde. Stalin

    Draft decree and list of delegates by the Council of People's Commissars on the USSR's joining the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations.

  • October 19, 1945

    Telegram, V. Molotov, G. Malenkov, L. Beria, and A. Mikoyan to Cde. Stalin

    Molotov, Beria, Malenkov, and Mikoyan suggest that the Politburo appoint a government commission to investigate the crash of the cruiser "Kirov" near Krasnaya Gorka in the Leningrad Oblast.

  • October 19, 1945

    Telegram, V. Molotov, L. Beria, G. Malenkov, and A. Mikoyan to Cde. Stalin

    Recognition of the provisional government of Austria following the expansion of its authority to all of Austria.

  • October 29, 1945

    Telegram, V. Molotov, L. Beria, G. Malenkov, and A. Mikoyan to Cde. Stalin

    Molotov, Beria, Malenkov, and Mikoyan ask Stalin to approve an announcement awarding the Order of Lenin to A.A. Andreyev on the occasion of his 50th birthday.

  • October 31, 1945

    Telegram, L. Beria and G. Malenkov to Cde. Stalin

    Request for Stalin's opinion about the nomination of several candidates for the People’s Commissar of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.

  • October 31, 1945

    Cable, L. Beria to Cde. Stalin

    Beria asks Stalin for permission to fly to Sochi.