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  • May 06, 1986

    Ministry of State Security (Stasi), 'Report on Development and Achieved State of Work Regarding Early Recognition of Adversarial Attack and Surprise Intentions (Complex RYAN)'

    This report by Ministry of State Security describes developments and achievements toward early recognition of a surprise nuclear missile attack on the USSR (Complex RYAN).

  • May 07, 1986

    Minutes of Meeting of the Operative Group of the Kiev Party City Committee Office, 7 May 1986

    This document details the various forms of radiation protection undertaken in and around the city of Kiev following the Chernobyl disaster.

  • May 08, 1986

    Notice: Information from Places of Evacuation

    Two weeks after the accident, an unnamed KGB officer from the Ukrainian SSR reports on the situation in evacuation sites, the sentiment of local people, the situation in transportation hubs and at key industrial facilities in Kyiv, as well as about the measures taken to prevent foreign journalists from gathering information about the case.

  • May 12, 1986

    Untitled notice on public attitudes toward the Chernobyl accident

    The document lists public responses to Chernobyl, citing a Ukrainian professor who attributed the accident to a Russian desire to exterminate Ukrainians, former members of underground Ukrainian Nationalist movements (OUN) expressing sympathy to those affected, and how several truck drivers refused to drive in area of the plant, choosing to quit their jobs instead.

  • May 16, 1986

    Conversation between the Secretary of the CC CPSU A.N. Yakovlev with the Secretary of the CC KWP Hwang Jang-yeop

    Conversation between the Secretary of the CC CPSU A.N. Yakovlev with the Secretary of the CC KWP Hwang Jang-yeop

  • May 21, 1986

    VCh Message from Moscow, dated 18:20, 21 May 1986

    Sent by Deputy Minister Shchepin, the telegram states that those who are under observation for radiation exposure, but who do not show signs of serious radiation sickness, will be discharged with a diagnosis of “vegetative-vascular dystonia”. Those who have been diagnosed with radiation poisoning of higher degrees will be given the diagnosis “serious radiation sickness from associated exposure to radiation” with notes on its level of severity and specific details of complications, including radiation burns.

  • May 26, 1986

    Report on Conversation between Prof. Manfred Gerlach and Kim Il Sung

    Report on the warm reception of Professor Manfred Gerlach by Kim Il Sung. Topics discussed include gratitude for Kim's reception in the GDR; Kim's desire for a reciprocal visit by Honecker; the need to further wide relations between the DPRK and GDR; and the unrest in South Korea.

  • June 09, 1986

    Memorandum of Conversation between Jorge Risquet and Joe Slovo

    Jorge Risquet was Castro’s point man for Angola; Joe Slovo was the general secretary of the South African Communist Party and the chief of staff of Umkontho We Sizwe , the military wing of the ANC.

  • June 11, 1986

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

    Brandt's letter to Secretary Gorbachev on security issues and strengthening the alliance between East and West, as well as with America. Brandt touches on Chernobyl to explain Europe as a whole in peril in terms of international security.

  • June 11, 1986

    The Situation and Measures to Eliminate the Consequences of the Accident at the Chernobyl AEhS as of 12 June 1986

    The report covers the radiation conditions in Kiev Oblast as of 12th June 1986. In addition, it covers decontamination process, public security and well-being, transportation and calls for speed up building of sarcophagus.

  • June 17, 1986

    Memorandum of Conversation between Raúl Castro and Jorge Risquet

    Raúl Castro was Cuba’s defense minister; Jorge Risquet was Fidel Castro’s point man for Angola.

  • June 23, 1986

    CPSU Central Committee Resolution, 'On the Conception of Military Cooperation with Foreign Countries (Except for Socialist countries)'

    The CPSU Central Committee approves a proposal on military cooperation with non-socialist countries.

  • June 25, 1986

    Antonio Rubbi, 'Note for Comrades: Natta, Napolitano, Pajetta, Bufalini, and the Secretariat'

    Introduced by a cover letter by Antonio Rubbi dated June 25, 1986, this document is a report on the meeting between Raffaello De Brasi and Hu Yaobang. The issues covered include the Chinese internal situation, Chinese relations with the USSR and other socialist countries and in particular disarmament, and relations between China and the West.

  • June 30, 1986

    Letter from Gen. D. Stoyanov to E. Mielke with Gratitude for the Help Provided During the 'Bulgarian Connection' Campaign

  • July, 1986

    Arnaldo Ochoa to Konstantin Kurochkin

    General Arnaldo Ochoa was Cuba’s deputy minister of defense in charge of military missions abroad; General Konstantin Kurochkin was first deputy head of the Main Directorate of Personnel of the Soviet General Staff and a former head of the Soviet Military Mission in Angola.

  • July 03, 1986

    Gordienko, 'Notice on "OS" [Environmental Conditions]'

    This note explains the levels of radiation around the reactor, decontamination techniques, the number of troops involved in the cleanup process.

  • July 05, 1986

    Report of the Hungarian Ambassador in Iraq on the developments of the military conflict between Iraq and Iran in 1986

    This report issued by the Hungarian Embassy in Iraq discusses the increasing domestic instability in 1986, includint Shi’ite riots, economic hardship, and Saddam Hussein’s efforts to destroy his opposition.

  • July 08, 1986

    Inventory of Information Subject to Classification on Issues related to the Accident in Block # 4 of the Chernobyl Atomic Energy Station (ChAES)

    The document lists extent to which various information related to Chernobyl which should be classified, and for what reasons certain items may be shared.

  • July 17, 1986

    Memorandum of Conversation between Polo Cintra Frías and Konstantin Kurochkin

    General Polo Cintra Frías was the head of the Cuban Military Mission in Angola; General Konstantin Kurochkin was first deputy head of the Main Directorate of Personnel of the Soviet General Staff and a former head of the Soviet Military Mission in Angola.

  • July 19, 1986

    Memorandum of Conversation between Arnaldo Ochoa, Polo Cintra Frías and Konstantin Kurochkin

    General Arnaldo Ochoa was Cuba’s deputy minister of defense in charge of military missions abroad; General Polo Cintra Frías was the head of the Cuban Military Mission in Angola; General Konstantin Kurochkin was first deputy head of the Main Directorate of Personnel of the Soviet General Staff and a former head of the Soviet Military Mission in Angola.