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  • December, 1980

    Report Warning of Soviet intervention

    "Jack Strong" [Ryszard Kuklinski] shares an urgent message relating contents of a secret Soviet meeting that outlined plans to bring USSR, East German, and Czechoslovak forces into Poland.

  • December, 1980

    Long-Term Plan of Cooperation between the Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics for 1981-1985

    Intelligence sharing and cooperative agreement.

  • December 03, 1980

    Report of the Chief of the General Staff of the Czechoslovak Army, Colonel General Miroslav Blahník, to Minister of National Defense Army General Martin Dzúr

    Report of the Chief of the General Staff of the Czechoslovak Army, Colonel General Miroslav Blahník, to Minister of National Defense Army General Martin Dzúr regarding troop exercises

  • December 04, 1980

    The Chinese attitude towards the Korean Workers’ Party’s 6th Congress

    Note on the The Informational Department sent 'The Chinese attitude towards the Korean Workers’ Party’s 6th Congress' to Comrade Berecz.

  • December 05, 1980

    Werner Krolikowski, "Comment on the Report of the PB to the 13th Plenum of the SED CC, which was prepared and submitted by Günther Mittag," handwritten, [excerpt]

    Excerpt of set of notes written by Werner Krolikowski; includes his fourth point, which discusses the effects of the changes taking place in Poland; addresses socialist development in Poland and counterrevolution.

  • December 05, 1980

    Speech by Erich Honecker at the meeting of the party and state leaders of the Warsaw Pact

    Honecker discusses the problems facing the Polish United Worker’s Party and emphasizes that the “counter-revolutionary” forces must be stopped and punished.

  • December 05, 1980

    Speech by Leonid Brezhnev at the Meeting of the Party and State Leaders of the Warsaw Pact

    Brezhnev speaks at length about the growing situation in Poland and emphasizes the importance of trade unions. However, he makes it clear that socialism and unity are most important.

  • December 05, 1980

    Speech by Nicolae Ceausescu at the Meeting of the Party and State Leaders of the Warsaw Pact

    Ceausescu talks at length about the problems confronting the Polish United Worker’s Party. He emphasizes the need to not dwell on the causes of the discontent, but rather to stop it from continuing.

  • December 05, 1980

    Speech by Stanislaw Kania at Meeting of Party and State Leaders of the Warsaw Pact

    Kania talks at length about the problems facing the Polish United Worker’s Party, he mentions the new Solidarity trade union, the Catholic Church, and the growing discontent of the workers.

  • December 05, 1980

    Stenographic Minutes of the Meeting of Leading Representatives of the Warsaw Pact Countries in Moscow

    Leonid Brezhnev and East European communist leaders discuss the strikes of the 1980-1981 Polish crisis and their aftermath and causes, including the formation of the Solidarity Union. The repercussions of the crisis for socialism in Poland and other Warsaw Pact countries is discussed, as well as possible measures to counter the anti-socialist uprising.

  • December 08, 1980

    Report to the Politburo by the Department of International relations of the Central Committee of the Hungarian Socialist Workers' Party

    Report to the Politburo by the Department of International relations of the Central Committee of the Hungarian Socialist Workers' Party regarding the meeting between leaders of Warsaw Pact countries on the subject of dissention in Poland

  • December 09, 1980

    Record for the Vice Minister Comrade Dr. Házi Vencel about the consultations with Comrade O Man-seok, the Head of Department of the DPRK’s Foreign Affairs Ministry

    O Man-seok's brief of DPRK internal policies activities to move forward the cause of unifying Korea.

  • December 11, 1980

    Secret Telegram No. 3267/IV - From Beijing to Warsaw

    Czyrek reports that he is going to release an official remark in Poland in order to divert a “wedge” that China is trying to create between the Soviet Union and Poland.

  • December 11, 1980

    Transcript of the CPSU Politburo Session, 11 December 1980

    The Politburo approves the results of a meeting of Warsaw Pact officials. Kania offers assurances that PZPR will be able to control the Polish crisis on its own.

  • December 12, 1980

    Memorandum of Conversation between Brandt and V. Semyonov on 11 December 1980

  • December 18, 1980

    Secret Telegram No. 3638/IV - From Moscow to Warsaw

    Notes that the Chinese are pretending to sympathize with the Soviets, but are really trying to take advantage of the situation in Poland.

  • December 20, 1980

    Memorandum from the KGB Regarding the Planning of a Demonstration in Memory of John Lennon

    KGB memo on plans to stop unauthorized gatherings mourning the death of John Lennon.

  • December 22, 1980

    Information about Results of the Visit by L. I. Brezhnev in India (8 to 11 December 1980)

    Description of Brezhnev visit to India (1980 December), and summary of his discussions with Indira Gandhi and the Communist Party of India (ICP). With Gandhi, Brezhnev discusses a wide range of international issues, including increased US military presence in the Indian Ocean, the Iran-Iraq conflict, and Soviet involvement in Afghanistan. Gandhi both expresses sympathy for Soviet situation in Afghanistan but also calls for withdrawal of troops. Both sides criticize Pakistan for taking action to destabilize region, and both sides criticize China for policy on sub-continent; Soviets accuse china of "direct support for imperialist policy."

  • 1981

    Cooperative Agreement between the Interior Ministry of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic and the Interior Ministry of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics for 1981

    This document outlines plans for employee exchanges in the areas of: research, criminology, fire prevention, hospital management, political education and state security police. Both parties decide to exchange publications on security, criminology, subversive activities in the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic, fire prevention and the Soviet military, all designated by title and number of copies.

  • 1981

    About the Last Operation/ Operational Mission of Comrade [redacted]

    Description of the work of an East German agent in Iran who worked with the Stasi (MfS).