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  • December 02, 1946

    Message from Bagirov to Stalin with Reply of the Azerbaijani Democrats

    Bagirov forwards a request from leaders of the Azerbaijani Democratic Party asking Stalin for military assistance against Iranian forces.

  • December 04, 1946

    Directorate of the MVD Border Troops of the Azerbaijan District

    Directorate of the MVD Border Troops of the Azerbaijan District to recheck information about a possible scheme to bribe the leaders of the Shahseven tribes during a conference.

  • December 09, 1946

    Memo to Bagirov from Kuliyev about Qavam

    Report that the Prime Minister of Iran, Qavam, has dispatched troops to Iranian Azerbaijan to attack the separatist government.

  • December 09, 1946

    Memo via a Telegraph Message from Tabriz

    Forwarding a message from the leaders of the Azerbaijan Democratic Party begging for military aid from the Soviet Union against Iranian forces.

  • July 22, 1949

    From the Journal of A. A. Gromyko, 'Reception of the Ambassador of Iran in Moscow Nader Arasteh, 21 July 1949'

    A list of outstanding issues between the governments of Iran and the Soviet Union, delivered by the Iranian ambassador in Moscow to A. A. Gromyko. The issues include debts owed to the National Bank of Iran, the USSR's failure to remove wartime infrastructure and return Iranian property, and control of the Iranian fishing industry.

  • July 25, 1949

    Palestinian Communist Declaration

    The Journalist informer reproduces a declaration accusing King 'Abd Allāh of serving colonialism in an upcoming trip to Tehran.

  • October 28, 1949

    Memoranudm, 'The National Front in Iran'

    Memorandum describing the "National Front" movement in Iran. Notes that one of the organizers, Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh, is anti-USSR and should be opposed. Also asserts that the pro-Great Britain tendencies of other members of the movement indicate that it is receiving support from the British.

  • 1950

    Excerpt from a Dissertation by M.I. Ivanova in the CC CPSU Academy of Social Sciences

    An excerpt from M.I. Ivanova's dissertation which quotes a decision by the Central Committee of the Iranian Communist Party (ICP).

  • May 11, 1950

    From the Diary of A. I. Lavrent'yev, 'Reception of Iranian Ambassador in Moscow Nader Arasteh, 10 May 1950'

    Diary entry recording a conversation between A. Lavrent'yev and Iranian Ambassador to USSR Nader Arasteh on the topic of the funeral for Reza Shah. Arasteh expresses that Iran took insult at the fact that there was no Soviet representative at the ceremony and the Soviet embassy did not fly its flag at half mast. Lavrent'yev defends the Soviet position on the grounds that there is no international norm for these matters, and that Reza Shah cooperated with Nazi Germany.

  • 1951

    Draft Instructions to Sadchikov and Chechulin, VKP(b) CC Decree, [with attached table]

    Instructions for Soviet delegation in Iran for preliminary protocol agreements in ongoing financial negotiations. See the attached table.

  • 1951

    Memorandum Concerning Soviet and Iranian Financial Claims, Attached to Draft Instructions to Sadchikov and Chechulin

    Table delineating the agreed upon, proposed, and rejected financial claims of Iran and the Soviet Union. Attached as a memo to a set of draft instructions for Soviet delegates in Iran.

  • January, 1951

    Report to I. V. Stalin on Possible Visit of the Iranian Shah to Moscow

    Report on the possibility of a visit by the Iranian Shah to Moscow. Endorses the idea of entertaining the possibility, noting that rejecting his request to come to Moscow could push the ruling circles of Iran closer to the Western bloc.

  • July 12, 1951

    VKP(b) CC Decree Draft, Soviet-Iranian Negotiations

    Draft attached to telegram, explaining that the Soviet Ministry of Foreign Relations (MFA) and Ministry of Foreign Trade (MVT) disagree with the idea of suspending negotiations with Iranians. Specifically, this is because they believe the recess will be used against them by the British and Americans in Iran.

  • July 12, 1951

    Report to I. V. Stalin, Settling Mutual Financial Claims with Iran

    Telegram distributed among top Soviet officials regarding ongoing negotiations between Iran and the USSR over financial claims. Agreements have been reached on some smaller claims, but the main Soviet claim for oil and the main Iranian claim for gold both remain an issue. Telegram suggests that the negotiations be recessed, while noting that the Soviet Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and Ministry of Foreign Trade (MVT) disagree.

  • September 01, 1951

    Minutes No. 83 of VKP(b) CC Politburo Decisions for the Period 2 August - 7 October 1951

    CPSU Politburo's instructions to Soviet representatives in Iran, regarding the sale of lubricants to Iran.

  • September 14, 1951

    Report to I. V. Stalin, Soviet-Iranian Financial Negotiations

    Report on the status of Soviet-Iranian negotiations over financial claims. Notes that most claims have been renounced, but issue of returning Iranian gold is still contentious, and advises against notifying Iranian delegation of possible further Soviet concessions.

  • September 29, 1951

    VKP(b) CC Decree, 'Concerning Instructions to Cdes. Sadchikov and Chechulin Concerning the Issue of the Settlement of the Mutual Financial Claims with Iran'

    Decree sent to Soviet delegation in Iran, instructing them to suspend negotiations with the Iranians, under the pretext of returning to Moscow to report to their government. They are also to reject the Iranian final proposal as premature.

  • September 29, 1951

    Report to I. V. Stalin on Soviet-Iranian Financial Negotiations

    Report distributed among top Soviet officials updating the ongoing Soviet-Iranian negotiations over financial claims. Notes that Soviet delegation has rejected as premature the Iranian offer to begin working on a final protocol, on the grounds that the balance of favor is leaning too far toward Iran at this point.

  • 1952

    Message to the CC CPSU from Members of the People's Party of Iran

    The People's Party of Iran requests the return of as many party members to Iran as possible.

  • 1952

    Message to the CC CPSU from General Secretary of the CC of the People’s Party of Iran Radmanesh

    Radmanesh reports about problems arising due to the split between the Iranian People's Party and the Democratic Party of Iranian Azerbaijan.