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  • January 20, 1982

    Intelligence Information Cable, 'Contacts between Polish Military and Politburo Officials'

    Report tracks some correspondence between military and Politburo, compares and contrasts positions, and Soviet influence.

  • January 25, 1982

    Intelligence Information Cable, 'Soviet Penetration of the Polish Military'

    Cable discusses the influence of the Soviets in the Polish military, including their seemingly unlimited access to confidential material and intelligence. It also lists important Soviet officers.

  • January 25, 1982

    Cable from the Embassy of the Hungarian People's Republic to China, 'Some New Phenomena in the Chinese Pursuit to Differentiate Socialist Countries'

    Soviet bloc diplomats respond to a report on China's foreign policy and strategy to move closer to Soviet allies.

  • January 27, 1982

    Intelligence Information Cable, 'Soviet Pressure on Polish Leaders to Impose Martial Law'

    Report details interactions between Polish and Soviet military officials, including angry phone calls between Gen. Jaruzelski and Brezhnev.

  • January 28, 1982

    Intelligence Information Cable, 'Measures Taken to Ensure Reliability of Polish Conscripts'

    Report addresses Polish leadership concerns of Solidarnosc influence on young conscripts in the Polish army. It includes solutions such as isolating younger people in more rural stations and separating them into sub units.

  • January 29, 1982

    Intelligence Information Cable, 'Relationship between the Polish Ministry of National Defense and the Ministry of Internal Affairs'

    Cable includes information on the acceptance of KGB advisors, military appointments, and resistance to Soviet penetration.

  • February 04, 1982

    Talks between Todor Zhivkov and John Whitehead, US Under Secretary of State, Sofia

    Discussion of US-Bulgarian relations and ideological/political/economic differences between US Under Secretary of State, John Whitehead and CC BCP Secretary General Todor Zhivkov.

  • February 22, 1982

    Letter by the General Secretary of the CC of the CPSU, Gorbachev, to the Chairman of the SPD, Brandt

    Leonid Brezhnev writes to Willy Brandt about ongoing US-Soviet arms negotiations.

  • February 26, 1982

    Intelligence Information Cable, 'Comments on a Recent Photograph of the Polish Military Council of National Salvation'

    Report analyzes power dynamics and change in the Polish military from a photo TIME magazine published in their February 1, 1982 issue.

  • March 09, 1982

    Conversation between Erich Honecker and Yasser Arafat (Excerpt)

    This is an excerpt of a conversation which appears in full at BA-SAPMO J IV 2/201/1416. The conversation opens with the issue of French-Israeli relations. France plans to deliver a nuclear reactor to Israel to the opposition of the Arab world. Also mentioned are the deliveries of arms from the GDR to the PLO. Arafat reports on the use of chemical weapons by Israel in Lebanon. These weapons were reportedly delivered by the FRG. Israel also seems to use biological weapons. Final topics of discussion are the role of the Pope in Poland, the question of Jerusalem, and the Islamic movement in Afghanistan.

  • March 17, 1982

    Letter by the Chairman of the SPD, Brandt, to the General Secretary of the CC of the CPSU, Brezhnev

    Brandt's letter is on the inter-continental missile negotiations which took initiative in Geneva. According to Brandt, American's "Zero Option" plan is a good start however, is not satisfactory to provide a safer Europe.

  • March 23, 1982

    Letter from Jerry John Rawlings, Chairman of the Provisional National Defence Council of Ghana, to Todor Zhivkov

  • April 01, 1982

    Report from Gen. G. Anachkov on Counterintelligence Work Against US Intelligence Activity

  • 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.