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  • April 05, 1982

    Intelligence Information Cable, 'The Polish National Defense Committee'

    Report outlines the various components of the National Defense Committee (KOK) including its Secretariat, leadership, and possible consequences.

  • April 13, 1982

    KGB Annual Report for 1981 (Excerpts)

    In this report Andropov describes the successes of the KGB and Cheka in subverting the infiltration of counterintelligence of NATO countries and Solidarity in the Soviet Union.

  • April 26, 1982

    Letter from South African Defence Minister Magnus Malan to Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon

    South African Defence Minister Magnus Malan writes to Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon to thank him for his hospitality to the South African delegation during their visit to Israel. Malan thanks Sharon for "your clear and grave concern over the soviet expansionism in Southern African." He also discusses the signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding.

  • April 29, 1982

    Warsaw Military Court Sentences Zdzislaw Najder to Death

    RFE Polish Service Director Zdzisław Najder is sentenced to death in absentia for treason.

  • April 30, 1982

    Record of Conversation between Erich Honecker and Chinese Ambassador Chen Dong

    Erich Honecker tells Chen Dong that "what marred this relationship [between East Germany and China] is known and does not need to be spoken of."

  • May 12, 1982

    CPSU Memorandum, 'The Position of the PRC on Afghanistan'

    Report describing China's subversive actions against the Soviet occupation in Afghanistan.

  • May 13, 1982

    Intelligence Information Cable, 'Relationship between Soviet Military Representation to Poland and the Polish General Staff'

    Report explains the previously waning influence of Soviet officers on the Polish military, discussing their housing, decreasing size and role in the Polish armed forces.

  • May 21, 1982

    Memorandum of Conversations between SED General Secretary Erich Honecker and Afghan Leader Babrak Karmal

    Honecker and Karmal discuss East German support for Afghanistan, as well as threats against Afghanistan, especially from West German and Pakistan.

  • May 21, 1982

    Minutes of Discussions about a Mutual Exchange of those Vacationing from 1982 to 1985 between the Committee for State Security of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and the Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs of Czechoslovakia

    An assessment was made of a mutual exchange of vacationers for the next five years. Both sides exchanges experience about this problem area and discussed prospects for an exchange between 1982 and 1985.

  • June 08, 1982

    The State of Foreign Policy

    Discusses issues related to upholding Sino-Soviet relations, to maintaining an active foreign policy with socialist and capitalist countries, and touching on issues related to various socialist countries at the time.

  • June 09, 1982

    Conversation between Soviet Foreign Ministry Official Mikhail S. Kapitsa and Deputy Foreign Minister of Mongolia D. Yondon

    Record of conversation between Mikhail S. Kapitsa, the head of the First Far Eastern Department of the Soviet Foreign Ministry, and D. Yondon, First Deputy Foreign Minister of the Mongolian People's Republic. They discuss foreign relations with China, Japan and North Korea. They also discuss the current situation in Vietnam, India and Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

  • June 17, 1982

    Terry Jones, Office of Nonproliferation and Export Policy, Dept of State, to J. Devine et al., enclosing summaries of State Dept cable traffic during 1981-1982 relating to demarches on attempted purchase of sensitive nuclear-related products

    A summary of U.S. State Department cable traffic regarding Pakistan’s nuclear efforts in 1981-1982. While the Reagan administration was inclined to give Pakistan some leeway in light of their support for anti-Soviet forces in Afghanistan, the acquisition of sensitive nuclear technology from abroad was still something that the administration was against. Evidence that Pakistan had made efforts, some successful, to acquire specific technology that suggested a nuclear test was being prepared raised a red flag in the U.S. government

  • July 01, 1982

    Minutes of Todor Zhivkov – Richard Nixon Conversation, Euxinograd Residence [Bulgaria]

  • July 05, 1982

    Memorandum from S.N. Mukha to Comrade V.V. Shcherbitsky

    The KGB of Ukraine provides a report to Shcherbitsky about the success of the agent "Michael," a US citizen, who has been providing the with information on US technology for thermal protection in missiles which the USSR intends to use in the development of its own missiles.

  • July 07, 1982

    Cable from Hungarian Ambassador regarding Talk with Soviet China Expert Oleg Rakhmanin

    Short summary of a conversation between the Hungarian ambassador to Moscow and Oleg Rakhmanin on China and its possible attempts to split the Eastern bloc countries, especially its warming relations with East Germany.

  • July 08, 1982

    Hungarian Foreign Ministry evaluation of the situation report of the Hungarian Ambassador in Iraq in 1982

    This memorandum comments on the report of the Hungarian ambassador to Iraq and states that Iraq’s weakening status might negatively affect Hungary, but that Hungary’s ordinary and “special” trade relations had increased.

  • July 09, 1982

    American Secret Service Introduces Former Highly Placed Officials from the Iranian Secret Service SAVAK in West Berlin

    A source claims that a former employee of the Iranian secret service is cooperating with the United States and is "active in West Berlin."

  • July 12, 1982

    Information from Gen. G. Mladenov on Completion of Tasks in Instruction 10/1980 of Bulgarian State Security Misinformation Activities

  • September 10, 1982

    Report of KGB’s Governance about the Emergency Stop of Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Unit No.1 on 9 September 1982

    The document describes the accident which took place at Chernobyl nuclear power plant prior to 1986 disaster. The information on the accident which took place on 9 September 1982 was classified. The document demonstrates that before the Chernobyl disaster the Soviet government knew about the deficiences of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

  • September 15, 1982

    Chair of the Committee of State Security [KGB] of the Ukrainian SSR to the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Ukraine, 'Informational Message for 14 September 1982'

    The document discusses the number of foreigners who visited the Ukrainian SSR, rumored military training of OUN fighters in Southern England, the suspected murder of a Soviet ship captain in international waters, and a Unit 1 reactor accident at Chernobyl in 1982.