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  • November 12, 1945

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

    TASS and the NKID (People's Commisseriat of Foreign Affairs) debate the identity of a French news agency refered to in a Reuters telegram in order to make a decision on the possible expulsion of a France Presse correspondent.

  • November 12, 1945

    TASS Reports Distributed to Cdes. I.V. Stalin, V.M. Molotov, A.I. Mikyan, L.P. Beria, G.M. Malenkov, and A. Ya. Vyshinsky

    TASS reports on foreign news stories it views as slanderous to Joseph Stalin, including stories on his declining health and possible successors.

  • November 12, 1945

    TASS Reports Distributed to Cdes. I.V. Stalin, V.M. Molotov, A.I. Mikyan, L.P. Beria, G.M. Malenkov, and A. Ya. Vyshinsky

    TASS reports on foreign news stories it views as slanderous to Joseph Stalin.

  • November 13, 1945

    TASS Report Distributed to Cdes. I.V. Stalin, V.M. Molotov, A.I. Mikoyan, L.P. Beria, G.M. Malenkov, and A. Ya. Vyshinsky, 'Radio Broadcast'

    A radio broadcast suggests Stalin is not sick, but merely tired from the war.

  • November 14, 1945

    TASS Report Distributed to Cdes. I.V. Stalin, V.M. Molotov, A.I. Mikoyan, L.P. Beria, G.M. Malenkov, and A. Ya. Vyshinsky, 'Expressen Comments on Rumors of an Illness of Comrade Stalin'

    Swedish newspaper Expressen suggests that Western rumors surrounding Stalin's diminishing health will only get worse unless TASS, or some other authoritative Russian source, clearly refutes them.

  • November 14, 1945

    TASS Report Distributed to Cdes. I.V. Stalin, V.M. Molotov, A.I. Mikoyan, L.P. Beria, G.M. Malenkov, and A. Ya. Vyshinsky, 'The Anti-Soviet Attacks of a Uruguayan Newspaper'

    TASS reports on an Uruguayan news story that claims the Soviet regime is built around Stalin's personality rather than communist or socialist principles.

  • November 14, 1945

    TASS Report Distributed to Cdes. I.V. Stalin, V.M. Molotov, A.I. Mikoyan, L.P. Beria, G.M. Malenkov, and A. Ya. Vyshinsky, 'The Tendentious Coverage of Events in Bucharest by a British Correspondent'

    TASS reports on anti-Communist demonstrations on November 8 in Bucharest, as well as what it sees as unfairly favorable coverage of the demonstrations in the British press.

  • November 14, 1945

    Meeting of J.V. Stalin with V. Gomulka and G. Mintz Regarding the Situation in Poland

    Stalin advises Polish officials Gomulka and Mintz on the political and economic situation in Poland.

  • November 14, 1945

    Gomulka’s Memorandum of a Conversation with Stalin

    Stalin and Gomulka discuss Polish political structure, domestic policy, and foreign relations.

  • November 15, 1945

    TASS Report Distributed to Cdes. I.V. Stalin, V.M. Molotov, A.I. Mikoyan, L.P. Beria, G.M. Malenkov, and A. Ya. Vyshinsky, 'Sensational Articles in the French Press'

    TASS reports on French news stories it views as slanderous to Stalin, including stories on his declining health and what it will mean for Russian foreign policy should Zhdanov succeed him.

  • November 15, 1945

    TASS Report Distributed to Cdes. I.V. Stalin, V.M. Molotov, A.I. Mikoyan, L.P. Beria, G.M. Malenkov, and A. Ya. Vyshinsky, 'Byrnes' Statement at a Press Conference'

    TASS reports on a press conference given by United States Secretary of State James Byrnes at which he spoke about conflicts between the Soviet Union and the United States over the control mechanism and Far East Commission in Japan in addition to other foreign policy issues.

  • November 16, 1945

    TASS Report Distributed to Cdes. I.V. Stalin, V.M. Molotov, A.I. Mikoyan, L.P. Beria, G.M. Malenkov, and A. Ya. Vyshinsky, 'The Swedish Press Continues to Spread Rumors'

    TASS reports on Swedish news stories on Stalin's rumored illness and the Soviet Union's isolation.

  • November 19, 1945

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

    Molotov, Beria, Malenkov, and Mikoyan submit drafts of greetings for M. I. Kalinin's 70th birthday and a decree awarding him the Order of Lenin.

  • November 19, 1945

    Draft Decree of the Presidium of the USSR Supreme Soviet awarding Cde. Mikhail Ivanovich Kalinin, the Chairman of the Presidium of the USSR Supreme Soviet, the Order of Lenin

  • November 19, 1945

    Draft Letter to Mikhail Ivanovich Kalinin

    The Central Committee of the All-Union Communist Party and the USSR Council of People's Commissars send M. I. Kalinin birthday greetings in appreciation of his service to the revolutionary cause, Communist Party, and Soviet state.

  • November 19, 1945

    TASS Reports Distributed to Cdes. I.V. Stalin, V.M. Molotov, A.I. Mikoyan, L.P. Beria, G.M. Malenkov, and A. Ya. Vyshinsky

    TASS reports on French news stories about Stalin, including stories on his illness, three groups that have formed in the Politburo in his absence, and the possibility of Zhdanov or Molotov succeeding him.

  • November 20, 1945

    Telegram from Baku to Moscow, 'Additional Information Received from Tabriz'

    Telegram to top Soviet officials discussing Iranian troop operations against Azerbaijani partisans, both of which are asking the Soviets for assistance. States that orders have been given for Soviet forces to act against Iranian ones only under extreme necessity.

  • November 21, 1945

    Telegram from Baku to Moscow, 'The Situation in Iranian Azerbaijan'

    Telegram to top Soviet officials that describes the opening of the Azerbaijani National Assembly in Tabriz. Also notes that Azerbaijani partisans are now on the defensive, having overcome most of the landowners and gendarmerie units in the area. Indicates that partisans have begun to rely partially on Soviet support.

  • November 21, 1945

    Telegram from Baku to Moscow, 'The Situation in Iranian Azerbaijan'

    Telegram to top Soviet officials describing strikes made by Azerbaijani partisans against Iranian gendarmerie and popular rallies throughout Iranian Azerbaijan.

  • November 22, 1945

    Telegram from Baku to Moscow, 'Information about Iranian Azerbaijan'

    Report sent to top Soviet officials declaring that all civic institutions are functioning normally under the partisans, and that the partisans are now attempting to peacefully overcome the remaining gendarmerie elements. Notes that they are also preparing for eventual retaliation from the Iranian government.