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  • August 23, 1945

    Cable from Aleksandr Vasilevsky [?] to Stalin

    Report on the surrender of Japanese forces on the Kurile Islands.

  • August 23, 1945

    Cable from Vyacheslav Molotov to Soviet Ambassador in the United States

    Drafted response from Stalin to Truman regarding Hokkaido and Kurile Islands.

  • August 27, 1945

    Report from Cde. Yegnarov to Cde. Beria

    Yegnarov reports on several successful Red Army military operations in the Ili District at the end of August, including Firsov's seizure of Chinese supply trucks and the forced retreat of a Chinese brigade by Leskin's cavalry brigade. He also notes a raid on Kobuk by Chinese aircraft, which killed four Soviet soldiers.

  • August 29, 1945

    Cable from Kuz’ma Derevyanko to Aleksei Antonov

    Report concerning the division of occupied territory in the Pacific between the Soviet Union and the United States.

  • September, 1945

    G.J. Malik, 'Clarifications on the Compilation [about the Atomic Bomb]'

    Soviet ambassador Yakov Malik introduces a compilation of eyewitness materials and data gathered in the aftermath of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Staff members from the Soviet embassy in Tokyo were sent to survey the explosion sites, speaking personally with survivors and capturing footage of the affected cities.

  • September 01, 1945

    Jakub Berman's Letter to Stalin: A Report on the Situation in Poland and Request for Advice and Help

    Jakub Berman, leading Polish communist, writes to Stalin a detailed list of events occuring in Poland dealing with the stability of the Post-War communist government.

  • September, 1945

    Atomic Bomb (Report of the Group of [Soviet] Embassy Staff Members Who Visited Hiroshima)

    A group of staff members from the Soviet Embassy in Tokyo interviewed Japanese witnesses of the atomic bomb explosions in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They found that the two bombs wreaked havoc on the bodies of those within a small radius of the explosion; most survivors exhibited severe burns, a decreased white blood cell count, and injuries from broken glass. Witnesses from outside this radius faced less severe injuries, and the Embassy staff note that the Japanese press has been exaggerating the effects of the atomic bomb in order to justify the nation’s unconditional surrender.

  • 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.

  • September 15, 1945

    The Situation in Xinjiang

    The Central Committee of the CPSU reports that the rebels in the East Turkestan Republic (ETR), or northern Xinjiang, have requested that the Soviet Union mediate between the Chinese Nationalist Government and the ETR.

  • 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 05, 1945

    Record of Conversation between Soviet Ambassador in China Apollon Petrov and Zhou Enlai and Wang Ruofei

    They discuss the results of negotiations with the Chinese Nationalist Party and Chiang Kai-shek's political and military position.

  • 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 10, 1945

    Radiogram No. 1, Stalin to Malenkov

    Stalin asked Malenkov to read all the article of "The Situation of the Election."

  • October 11, 1945

    Telegram, Malenkiv to Cde. Stalin

    Malenkov confirmed the receipt of Stalin's telegram and promised to make necessary correction to "The Situation"

  • October 11, 1945

    Cable No.2,3,4,5 from Moscow to Stalin on amendments to 'Regulations Concerning Elections to the USSR Supreme Soviet'

    Malenkov responds to Stalin with changes to several articles in "Regulations Concerning Elections to the USSR Supreme Soviet" and draws his attention to a discrepancy in voting rights between the regulations and the USSR constitution that necessitates a constitutional ammendment.

  • 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 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 13, 1945

    Cable No.3303 from Stalin to Molotov, Beria, Mikoyan and Malenkov on the Soviet delegation

    Stalin expresses dissatisfaction at the lack of accurate Soviet records of conferences; request for full transcripts of speeches of all delegations.

  • 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.