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  • September 30, 1930

    Resolution of the All-Russian Central Executive Committee and Soviet of the People’s Commissars of the RSFSR, 'About the Practical Conduct of Nationalities Policy in the Far East Region in Regard to Chinese and Koreans'

    The All-Russian Central Executive Committee lists inadequacies in meeting the needs of Korean and Chinese laborers in the Far Eastern region of the Soviet Union. Problems include interethnic tensions, inequality in labor conditions, inequality in education, capitalist economic activity, lack of Chinese and Korean in state administration and social organizations, and unsatisfactory implementation of resettlement plans.

  • October 20, 1950

    Letter from Gromyko to Stalin on Korean Students in USSR

    Report of the decisions on the training of Korean students of aviation and telegraph operation, graduate students, and specialists. The Korean ambassador, Ju Yeon-ha, requested to be informed in the preparation of the students and to be able to ask questions about the training.

  • January 02, 1951

    Special Report No.1 from the Korean Embassy in China to the Office of the President, 'The Secret Sino-Soviet Military Agreement'

    The Korean embassy in Taipei reports to Syngman Rhee with details on the alleged 'secret Sino-Soviet military agreement'.

  • May 11, 1955

    Report from B. Ponomarev and I. Shcherbakov to the CPSU Central Committee

    Ponomarev and Schcherbakov bring up issues which have arisen from a lack of communication between Korean officials in the DPRK and their families in the USSR.

  • January 02, 1956

    Record of a Conversation between Soviet Embassy Counsellor Lazarev and Ri Dong-yong

    Lazarev informs DPRK Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ri Dong-yong that design specialists from Pyongyang have been given permission to study in the USSR for three months. Ri explains that the majority of the Central Committee is not favorable towards granting Soviet Koreans citizenship.

  • August 23, 1957

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 23 August 1957

    Kim Il Sung tells Puzanov that he endorses organized public screenings of Socialist Revolution films. Nam Il and Kim Il Sung suggest a bilateral convention regarding dual citizenship, and Nam Il reports that the KWP CC is occupied with the investigation of anti-Party activity in the KWP leadership. Puzanov recommends that they inform the PRC Ambassador Qiao Xiaoguang about developments in this regard as soon as possible.

  • September 04, 1957

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 4 September 1957

    Puzanov and Nam Il discuss preparations for a citizenship convention in Pyongyang as well as a KWP delegation's trip to Moscow in celebration of Great October. Then Nam Il solicits Puzanov's feedback on the composition of the DPRK government as described in 3 September. The anti-Party group of Choe Chang-ik, Pak Chang-ok, and others still appears to concern the KWP CC leadership.

  • November 01, 1957

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 1 November 1957

    Puzanov informs Kim Il Sung that the USSR MFA agrees to hold talks about concluding various conventions and informs of an art exhibit in Moscow.

  • February 05, 1958

    Record of a Conversation with Cde. Ri Dong-yong, First Deputy DPRK Minister of Foreign Affairs

    Ri Dong-yong expresses his concern regarding the incident in which eight students renounced their DPRK citizenship.

  • February 16, 1958

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 16 February 1958

    Ri Dong-yong informs Puzanov of the Plenum of the Pyongyang City Party Committee and the report from the DPRK Ambassador in Moscow.

  • March 14, 1958

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 12 March 1958

    Park Gil-ryong informs Puzanov on the recent conference, in which Ri Sin-pal criticizes the work of the Ministry of Domestic and Foreign Trade, and consults Puzanov regarding his desires to return to the Soviet Union.

  • June 17, 1958

    From the Journal of M.S. Kapitsa, Record of Conversation with Counselor of the DPRK Embassy in Moscow Cde. Pak Deok-hwan

    Pak Deok-hwan and M.S. Kapitsa review Soviet strategies to discuss the Korean issue at the 13th United Nations General Assembly. Kapitsa also informs Pak of the repatriation of ethnic Koreans from the Soviet Union to the DPRK.

  • August 26, 1958

    Record of a Conversation with Ambassador Ri Sin-Pal of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

    Ri San-pal and M.V. Zimyanin review the status of Koreans living in Japan and the USSR.

  • June 01, 1960

    From the Journal of N. Ye. Torbenkov, Record of a Conversation with DPRK MFA Counselor Pak Deok-hwan

    In this incomplete document, Pak Deok-hwan, a Soviet Korean, describes his plans to return to the Soviet Union. He also discusses the "Juche" philosophy being promoted by the KWP that "everything Korean is better compared to [anything] foreign."

  • October 09, 1973

    Record of Soviet-Japanese Talks, 9 October 1973

    Brezhnev and Tanaka discuss the dispute over the Kuril Islands as well as opportunities for Japan-Soviet economic cooperation.

  • 1995

    Pang Hak-se Biography

    Pang Hak-se was Minister of the Interior in North Korea until 1958.

  • October 10, 1995

    Gi Seok-bok Biography

    Soviet-Korean Gi Seok-bok (Ki Sok Pok) was conscripted into the Soviet Army in August 1945 and was an important figure during the Soviet occupation of North Korea. In the wake of attacks on Soviet-Korean cadres in the mid-1950s, Gi returned to the Soviet Union in 1957.

  • August, 1996

    Ri Sang-jo Biography

    Ri Sang-jo (Yi Sang Jo) was a central figure in promoting changes to the North Korean post-war development strategy. After meeting with Soviet officials in Moscow to encourage Soviet intervention in North Korean policies in 1956, Ri was removed from his post.

  • November 07, 1998

    Pak Yeong-bin Biography

    Pak Yeong-bin worked closely with Soviet authorities during the Red Army's occupation of North Korea.

  • November 12, 1999

    Pak Chang-ok Biography

    Soviet-Korean Pak Chang-ok encountered Kim Il Sung in an intense standoff in August 1956.