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  • December 06, 1976

    On the Provocative Demonstration by Antisocial Elements on Pushkin Square in Moscow and at the Pushkin Monument in Leningrad

    The Committee for State Security reported on anti-socialist actions around Pushkin Square that occurred December 5, 1976. A group gathered around Pushkin Square to participate in a "silent protest" in order to bring attention to violations of constitutional rights and were photographed by several foreign correspondents.

  • January 05, 1977

    Committee of State Security Report, 'About Measures to End the Hostile Activity of Members of the So-Called Group For Assistance in the Implementation of The Helsinki Agreements in the USSR'

    This report addresses the anti-Soviet organization "Group for Assistance in the Implementation of the Helsinki Agreements in the Soviet Union" led by Yuri F. Orlov and its influence in Ukraine and Lithuania. The Prosecutor General's office searched houses of several suspects and found anti-Soviet material in preparation for transportation to the West.

  • February 21, 1979

    Andropov Letter, Shortcomings in the Construction of the Chernobyl Atomic Power Station

    Yuri Andropov, then Chairman of the KGB, reports concerns about the Chernobyl nuclear plant. Serious flaws in the construction "might lead to failures and accidents."

  • August 28, 1980

    Special Dossier on the Polish Crisis of 1980

    Memorandum to the CPSU Politburo from the Suslov Commission regarding a request by the Soviet Ministry of Defense to bring up to full readiness 3 divisions of the Soviet Armed Forces. The memorandum cautions the Soviet leadership that, in case the Polish Armed Forces switch allegiance to the counter-revolutionary forces, another 5-7 divisions might be necessary.

  • March 15, 1985

    Conference of Secretaries of the CC CPSU, Held in the Office of CC CPSU General Secretary Comrade M. S. Gorbachev

    Following general Secretary Konstantin Chernenko's death, Soviet officials discuss a Warsaw Pact meeting and conversations with various foreign leaders.

  • April 26, 1986

    Urgent Report, Accident at Chernobyl Atomic Power Station

    The Soviet Minister of Power and Electrification reports on an explosion and fire at the Chernobyl Atomic Power Station in Ukraine. The Soviet Ministry of Heath has determined that "it is not required to take special measures, including the evacuation of the population from the city."

  • 1995

    Pang Hak-se Biography

    Pang Hak-se was Minister of the Interior in North Korea until 1958.

  • October 10, 1995

    Gi Seok-bok Biography

    Soviet-Korean Gi Seok-bok (Ki Sok Pok) was conscripted into the Soviet Army in August 1945 and was an important figure during the Soviet occupation of North Korea. In the wake of attacks on Soviet-Korean cadres in the mid-1950s, Gi returned to the Soviet Union in 1957.

  • August, 1996

    Ri Sang-jo Biography

    Ri Sang-jo (Yi Sang Jo) was a central figure in promoting changes to the North Korean post-war development strategy. After meeting with Soviet officials in Moscow to encourage Soviet intervention in North Korean policies in 1956, Ri was removed from his post.

  • November 07, 1998

    Pak Yeong-bin Biography

    Pak Yeong-bin worked closely with Soviet authorities during the Red Army's occupation of North Korea.

  • November 12, 1999

    Pak Chang-ok Biography

    Soviet-Korean Pak Chang-ok encountered Kim Il Sung in an intense standoff in August 1956.

  • 2009

    Vassiliev Notebooks File Guide

    A file guide to the Vassiliev Notebooks, containing a table of contents.

  • 2009

    Introduction, Alexander Vassiliev’s Notebooks: Provenance and Documentation of Soviet Intelligence Activities in the United States

    Background information from John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr on the notebooks and their work with Vassiliev while writing the book ''Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America.''

  • 2009

    Vassiliev Odd Pages

    Original notes kept by Alexander Vassiliev while researching in the KGB archives. Vassiliev's loose "odd" pages which were not part of a notebook. Contains scans of the original pages, a Russian transcription, and an English translation.

  • 2009

    Vassiliev Yellow Notebook #2

    Original notes kept by Alexander Vassiliev while researching in the KGB archives. Contains scans of the original notebook, a Russian transcription, and an English translation.

  • 2009

    Vassiliev Yellow Notebook #1

    Original notes kept by Alexander Vassiliev while researching in the KGB archives. Contains scans of the original notebook, a Russian transcription, and an English translation.

  • 2009

    Vassiliev Yellow Notebook #3

    Original notes kept by Alexander Vassiliev while researching in the KGB archives. Contains scans of the original notebook, a Russian transcription, and an English translation.

  • 2009

    Vassiliev White Notebook #3

    Original notes kept by Alexander Vassiliev while researching in the KGB archives. Contains scans of the original notebook, a Russian transcription, and an English translation.

  • 2009

    Vassiliev White Notebook #1

    Original notes kept by Alexander Vassiliev while researching in the KGB archives. Contains scans of the original notebook, a Russian transcription, and an English translation.

  • 2009

    Vassiliev Yellow Notebook #4

    Original notes kept by Alexander Vassiliev while researching in the KGB archives. Contains scans of the original notebook, a Russian transcription, and an English translation.