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  • April 01, 1986

    NSPG Meeting re: Acting Against Libyan Support for International Terrorism

    Memorandum outlines three options for American and allied intervention in Libya in response to terrorist attacks in Rome and Vienna. Options range frome economic and political sanctions to military intervention with allied support.

  • April, 1986

    Recommendations and Some Information on the Conditions in the Zone of Increased Radiation in the City of Kiev

    This document lists the composition of the emissions in the air in Kiev, as well as sanitary and dietary recommendations believed to ease the impacts of radiation.

  • April 24, 1986

    Report of the Hungarian Embassy in Iraq on the negative impact of the war on the Iraqi domestic situation in 1986

    This report issued by the Hungarian Embassy in Iraq describes the fracturing of relations between the Baath Party, the army, and the president, economic strife, and the efforts necessary to regain domestic stability in 1986.

  • April 26, 1986

    Untitled notice about the categories of the population and body parts most susceptible to radiation

    This document discusses how radioactivity is measured, radiation safety norms and categories, and the permissible dose of radiation for different groups (i.e., accident responders, plant personnel, the regional population)

  • April 26, 1986

    A.N. Makukhin, 'Concerning the accident at unit Nยบ 4of the Chernobyl AEhS [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."

  • April 26, 1986

    V.P. Bryukhanov, Director of Chernobyl NPP, 'On the Accident at V. I. Lenin Chernobyl NPP'

    A brief report of the facts of the accident, including death of one unnamed person, hospitalization of 34, including 9 fireman, disappearance of the chief reactor operator Khodemchuk. Followed by reporting radiation levels in the aftermath of the accident.

  • April 27, 1986

    Notice from the Operative Plenipotentiary of the 2nd Division of the 6th Administration of the Ukr. SSR KGB

    The document refers to the detention of a civilian vehicle which exceeded the level of radiation permitted by the decontamination project of the Institute for Nuclear Research, USSR Academy of Sciences.

  • April 27, 1986

    Untitled notice on levels of radiation in Chernobyl NPP and steps taken in response

    The document refers to the level of radiation in the area affected and the measures undertaken for planned evacuations.

  • April 27, 1986

    P.P. Volkov's Report to the Central Committee of Ukrainian Communist Party

    Evacuation order received at 20.00 on April 26, vehicle columns sent from Kiev to Chernobyl at 23.25, containing 1125 buses and 250 lorries, arriving at 4.00 on April 27. Evacuation of Pripyat began at 13.30 on April 27.

  • April 27, 1986

    I. Gladush, Minister of the Interior, to the Central Committee of the Ukrainian Communist Party

    A narrative account of the Chernobyl accident that describes the activities of Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukrainian SSR (MVD) and security services in liquidating the aftermath of the Chernobyl accident and preparing Pripyat's evacuation.

  • April 28, 1986

    Untitled report by Lt. Col. V.P. Alekseyev and Major V.D. Kohan on Radiation Levels

    Info on radiactive fallout, and that Kiev is currently safe and being observed by experts, while Pripyat has 30-160 micro roentgens/sec, and Rivne Oblast has 820 micro roentgens per hour. From emergency 91 hospitalized people sent to Moscow, and 54 to Kiev and Kiev Oblast.

  • April 29, 1986

    Telegram Sent from 6th Clinical Hospital, Moscow, to Vera Sergeyevna Toptunovoa

    A telegram Leonid Toptunov sent to his mother with the address of the hospital in Moscow where he was located.

  • April 29, 1986

    A. Serdyuk, 'Some First Priority Questions in connection with the Situation in the Region of the Chernobyl AEhS'

    The report covers the issue of radiactive fallout following the accident, evacuation procedure, and number of hospitalized.

  • April 30, 1986

    Deputy Head of the 6th Department of the KGB Administration Lieut. Col. Aksenov, 'Notice of Emergency Incident'

    This document relays data received from chemical protection troops on radioactivity levels in Pripyat.

  • April 30, 1986

    Seventh Directorate of the MIA of the USSR to the Minister of Internal Affairs of the Ukrainian SSR, Colonel-General Gladush I.D., 'Report on the Results of the Study of Public Opinion in connection with the Accident at the Chernobyl AEhS'

    The report notifies the MIA about the public opinion and rumors regarding the Chernobyl accident in several Ukraininan cities.

  • April 30, 1986

    Deputy Minister of Health to the Council of Ministers of the Ukrainian SSR, 'Concerning Measures being carried out to Provide Medical Aid to the Population during the Elimination of the Consequences of the Accident at Chernobyl AEhS'

    Kasyanenko writes about the gamma radiation levels in Kiev, Kiev Oblast and other regions of Ukraine. In the end he suggest sanitation and decide on the issue of informing the public.

  • May, 1986

    Radiation Conditions in Kyiv, Borodianka, Polesskoe, and Ivankov

    This undated report shows levels of radioactivity of air and water in Kyiv, Borodyanka, Polyesskoe, and Ivankov

  • May, 1986

    Background Radiation in the Institute of Atomic Research of the Ukr. SSR Academy of Sciences

    The paper shows a graph of background radiation levels from April 30th-May 2nd, 1986 within the IAR in Kyiv.

  • May 02, 1986

    Deputy Head of the 6th Department of the KGB Administration Lieut. Col. Aksenov, 'Notice of Emergency Incident'

    The document describes levels of radiation in the immediate area, populations which may have been affected, and steps which have been taken in the first few days following the incident.

  • May 03, 1986

    Deputy Head of the 6th Department of the KGB Administration Lieut. Col. Aksenov, 'Notice of Emergency Incident'

    This note explains the processes of localizing the effects of the accident, lead deposits in the area, and the evacuation of collective farms and the city of Chernobyl.