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  • 1950

    Telegram from Gromyko to Stalin with a Resolution and Approved Telegram to Razuvaev

    Gromyko goes over the rules established in the Geneva Conference.

  • September 27, 1950

    Telegram from Matveyev (Razuvayev V.N.) to Stalin

    Matveyev describes the state of the Korean People’s Army, particularly the severe status of troops in Seoul and Busan after having encountered American air and ground forces. Matveyev also reports on a meeting between several Soviet and Korean foreign ministers in which Kim Il Sung assumed the tasks of both Supreme Commander-in-Chief and Defense Minister and ordered the deployment of troops northward. Matveyev also outlines the steps he plans to take as a Soviet envoy in aiding the desperate Korean army.

  • September 27, 1950

    Telegram from Feng Xi (Stalin) to Matveyev (Razuvayev V.N.) and T.F. Shtykov

    Stalin blames the recent success of the UN forces in Seoul on the inefficiency of the KPA’s Frontline Command and Soviet military advisors, as well erroneous use of tank tactics and overall combat strategy. Stalin provides a detailed list instructing military advisors, and especially Vasilyev, how to delpoy and manage Korean troops around Seoul.

  • September 30, 1950

    Draft Telegram from Chanfu (Bulganin) to Matveyev (Razuvayev)

    A response to Matveyev’s previous telegram approving the consolidation of power (as Supreme Commander in Chief and Defense Minister) to Kim Il Sung, the formation of six divisions, transport of ammunitions and fuel. Bulganin also unofficially advocates Kim’s plans to request aid from China.

  • October 02, 1950

    Telegram from Chanfu (Bulganin) to Matveyev (Razuvayev)

    Bulganin stresses to Razuvayev the importance of the withdrawal of the Korean troops “by all means” toward the north, in order to rescue the Soviet cadres.

  • January 31, 1951

    Ciphered Telegram from Razuvaev to Fyn-Si [Stalin]

    Response to Stalin's telegram instructing Razuvaev to discuss details for reorganizing the KPA administrative and command structure with Kim Il Sung stating what's possible and what's not.

  • February 03, 1951

    Telegram from Stalin to Kim Il Sung, via Razuvaev

    Stalin states that the Soviet Union has insufficient lead to supply China, Korea and itself, Stalin also asks for the exportation of lead ore from Korea to the USSR.

  • February 04, 1951

    Ciphered telegram, Razuvaev to Stalin Reporting Message from Kim Il Sung

    Telegram from Amb. Rauvaev to Stalin reporting on the changes planned in the structure of the KPA, per Stalin's telegram of 30 January

  • May 30, 1951

    Ciphered Telegram from Razuvaev to Filippov [Stalin], Transmitting a Message from Kim Il Sung

    Kim Il Sung thanks Stalin for his continued aid, and also states that he was quite satisfied with the size and timing of the deliveries.

  • July 01, 1951

    Ciphered Telegram No. 501869 from Razyvaev to Shtemenko, on Kim Il Sung's delegation and its demands at peace talks

    Telegram from Razuvaev to Shtemenko requesting orders and advice for Kim Il Sung on the imminent armistice talks and the terms to be adopted there.

  • September 10, 1951

    [Top Secret] Report to Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK, 'Political Attitudes and Korean-Chinese Relations in Connection with the Armistice Talks'

    Report on "Political Attitudes and Korean-Chinese Relations in Connection with the Armistice Talks"

  • October 17, 1951

    Ciphered Telegram from Razuvaev to Vasilevsky

    Razuvaev reports the DPRK's request of the Soviet Union to produce weapons for three divisions, produce 1000 cars, and to produce TU-2 aircrafts.

  • November 13, 1951

    Ciphered Telegram from Matveev to Razuvaev, Transmitting a Telegram from Filippov [Stalin] to Kim Il Sung

    Telegram from Stalin to Kim Il Sung about the decision to arm 60 Chinese divisions, out of which enough arms are supposed to be given to three Korean divisions - as agreed on by Gao Gang.

  • November 20, 1951

    Gromyko to G.M. Malenkov, attaching draft telegram to Razuvaev

    Telegram from from Gromkyo to Malenkov asking for a review of a draft telegram to the Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK, Razuvaev. The draft chastises Razuvaev for permitting the North Koreans to make an appeal before the UN without first consulting the Soviet Union or China.

  • November 27, 1951

    Ciphered Telegram No. 503577 from Razuvaev to Shtemenko, transmitting a Telegram from Kim Il Sung to Filippov [Stalin]

    Kim Il Sung states why he thinks it would be beneficial to send Soviet weapons to two Chinese divisions. Also a telegram discussing future shipment of weapons to the Korean People's Army.

  • March 05, 1952

    Memorandum from Gromyko to Stalin

    Message from Gromyko (MID) to Stalin advising against the proposal of Amb. Razuvaev to publish an interview of Kim Il Sung on the grounds that it is inflammatory and rash.

  • March 07, 1952

    CPSU Politburo Decision on Razuvaev's Telegram #188-190

    Razuvaev's suggestion to publish an interview with Kim Il Sung is unacceptable.

  • March 22, 1952

    Ciphered Telegram from Kim Il Sung to Razuvaev

    Telegram asking for agreement/confirmation from the USSR government in order to award a number of Soviet military advisors (list included) for their military assistance.

  • April 14, 1952

    Ciphered Telegram from Shtemenko to Sozinov and Babkin

    Telegram stating that if Razuvaev is not present, then it is up to Sozinov and Babkin to relay Stalin's telegram from the 14 April 1952 to Kim Il Sung.

  • July 16, 1952

    Ciphered telegram, Kim Il Sung to Stalin via Razuvaev

    Telegram from Kim Il Sung to Stalin stating the current situation of the armistice talks and the pressure which is being exerted upon North Korea by uninhibited American air power. He makes a request for additional anti-aircraft support from the Soviet Union and China, which he believes will lead to a more advantageous bargaining position at the negotiating table.