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  • April 11, 1952

    Report to I. V. Stalin on Ambassador Sadchikov's Conversation with Shaoban Kazemi, Kashani's Secretary

    Report on the meeting between Soviet representative, Sadchikov, and Iranian secretary Kashemi, where they discuss the possibility of Iranian sale of oil to the Soviet Union. Sadchikov requests instructions for future meeting. Document reiterates that there should be no Soviet agreement of non-interference in internal Iranian affairs.

  • May 13, 1952

    VKP(b) CC Decree, 'Concerning a Note of the Soviet Government to the Government of Iran in Connection with the Exchange of Letters between Mossadegh and the US Ambassador about the US Giving Aid to Iran

    CPSU CC decree and draft of document to be submitted to Iranian government. Notes that the exchange of letters between Mohammad Mossadegh and US Deputy Secretary of State Henderson indicate that the two parties have reached a deal on military assistance. Document states that this is a breach of neighborly relations and that, in reaching this agreement, the Iranian government has acted against the Soviet Union.

  • May 13, 1952

    Report to I. V. Stalin on Exchange of Letters between Iranian Prime Minister Mossadegh and US Ambassador Henderson

    Report distributed among top Soviet officials analyzing the exchange of letters between Mohammad Mossadegh and US Deputy Secretary of State Henderson. Notes that, although not explicitly mentioning it, the letters were likely about renewed US military aid to Iran.

  • May 21, 1952

    From the Journal of Y. A. Vyshinsky, 'The Reception of Nadir Arasteh, the Iranian Ambassador in Moscow'

    Account of meeting between Vyshinsky and Arasteh. Vyshinsky asks Arasteh to pass a note along to Moscow, regarding the exchange of letters between Mohammad Mossadegh and US Ambassador to Iran, Loy Henderson.

  • August 16, 1952

    Report to V. M. Molotov on Fascist Vandalism in Tehran

    Report on an incident in Tehran, involving the vandalism of a Soviet exhibit, which included likenesses of Soviet leaders. It explicitly blames the Fascist group SUMKA [the Iran National-Socialist Workers]. Attached is a aide-memoire which requests that the Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs look into the incident.

  • October 15, 1952

    Report to V. M. Molotov on Draft Instructions to Cde. Sadchikov, the Soviet Ambassador in Iran

    Draft set of instructions for the Soviet Ambassador to Iran, Sadchikov. Indicates several areas for him to pay attention to and report on, specifically Iranian national liberation movements, the "National Front," and plans for nationalizing the oil industry. Also note that he should be especially careful to not appear as if the Soviet Union is taking a stance against Mohammad Mossadegh.

  • March 14, 1953

    From the Diary of V. M. Molotov, 'Reception of an Iranian Government Delegation, 14 March 1953'

    Memorandum of conversation between Soviet and Iranian delegations, on the occasion of Stalin's death. The Iranian delegates express their condolences for the Soviet loss.

  • 1955

    Letter to the Soviet Ambassador, Visa for Wife and Children of Iraj Iskanderi

    This letter requests a visa for Iraj Iskanderi's wife and his three children, as well paying for the family's trip to Moscow.

  • 1955

    Letter to the CPSU Central Committee, Request from Radmanesh Regarding Persecution of People's Party of Iran by Iranian Authorities

    In this letter, Radmanesh requests that the CPSU CC help save the members of the NPI CC that have been sentenced to execution by Iran's military courts. He also asks permission to send Iraj Iskanderi and Ehsan Tabari to Prague to help protest these executions.

  • January 08, 1955

    Soviet Translation, Letter, 'To the Press Department for Transmission to the International Bureau of Communist Parties' (Attachment)

    This letter describes the failure of the People's Party of Iran to act upon an opportunity to defeat the Shah's forces in Iran, and elaborates on what caused this lack of success. At the end, the People's Party of Iran appeals to other communist parties to get involved in helping them.

  • January 14, 1955

    Letter, Soviet Charge d' Affaires in Iran to the Deputy Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs, 'Account and Translations of the Illegal Publications of the People's Party of Iran'

    This note describes the contents of the enclosed information, including a summary of various articles published in the newspaper "Mardom" and correspondence between the Central Committee of the People's Party of Iran to the Central Committee of the National Resistance Movement. Mardom was a newspaper published by the underground communist Tudeh (People's) Party of Iran.

  • January 14, 1955

    Soviet Translation, 'A Brief Summary of the 1 January 1955 Issue of the Newspaper Mardom Nº 261' (Attachment)

    This is a summary of articles found in the "Mardom" newspaper, which was published illegally in Iran by the underground communist Tudeh (People's) Party of Iran. This issue criticized the Shah's cooperation with the Americans and the British, as well as recent agreements regarding financial and border between Iran and the Soviet Union, creating what is said to be the basis of a friendship between the two countries.

  • January 28, 1955

    Letter to CPSU Central Committee Secretary Khrushchev, Statement of Mir Aga Azari

    This statement by Azari accuses the Democratic Party of Southern Azerbaijan's leaders of abusing their authority and expelling Party members if they criticized the actions of the leadership. He appeals to Khrushchev to do something about the nature of the party and its leaders, as well as to look into his own personal case of expulsion.

  • January 30, 1955

    Letter to Cde. Khrushchev in the CC from Political Émigré, an Iranian, Ali Reza Hekmat.

    This letter from an Iranian political emigre Ali Reza Hekmat describes the series of events, such as prison and confinement sentences, that have led him to the point of asking Khrushchev for help in finding the work he had been promised upon coming to the USSR. He lists his qualifications and reasoning for his request.

  • March 26, 1955

    Letter to the CPSU Central Committee, Request to Give Hekmat Assistance in Finding Work

    The letter is a request from Iranian political émigré Hekmat to the CPSU CC to give him assistance in finding work in [his] field. Also includes a recommendation for Hemkat.

  • April 12, 1955

    Letter to the CPSU Central Committee, to A. A. Smirnov, Regarding A. F. Serabi

    This letter reports on the status of several Iranian emigrants working in Azerbaijan and addresses reports that some were removed from their positions for violating rules.

  • April 19, 1955

    Memo from I. Kozlov regarding Mir Agara Azari and the Democractic Party of Iranian Azerbaijan

    This memo addresses Azari's letters to the CPSU CC and notes that the highest ranked leaders of the Democratic Party of Iranian Azerbaijan stated that Azari pursued disruptive work within the party and that they had all been elected democratically. The decision was made to not send a commission to Baku or invite Azari to Moscow, and rather that he should pursue his reinstatement himself.

  • May, 1955

    Letter to the CPSU Central Committee, Request from Radmanesh for Nushin

    This letter from Radmanesh states his recommendation that Comrade Nushin should be accepted into the Higher Courses at the Gor'ky Institute.

  • May 05, 1955

    Letter to the CPSU Central Committee, forwarding Request regarding Nushin

    This letter requested permission to allow People's Party of Iran CC member Nushin to enter the Higher Courses of the Gor'ky Literature Institute.

  • May 05, 1955

    Letter, Ali Reza ekmat to CPSU Central Committee Secretary Khrushchev, via Ram, General Secretary of the People's Party of Iran

    This letter from Ali Reza Hekmat requests housing and work in Moscow due to the fact that the agreed upon arrangements for his living and working in Tashkent did not come to fruition and worsened his health.