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  • October 20, 1988

    Record of Conversation between Hwang Jang-yeop and A. Yakovlev

    The North Korean CC KWP secretary meets with the Soviet CC CPSU secretary and discusses the problem of the expansion of U.S. imperialism in the Asia Pacific. The North Korean CC KWP secretary stresses the issue of the unification of Korea and express the hope that the CPSU will influence other socialist countries so that they do not attempt to establish political relations with South Korea.

  • October 24, 1988

    Letter from A. Stelmachowski to Józef Glemp, Primate of Poland

    Letter from A. Stelmachowski to Józef Glemp, Primate of Poland, discussing problems with the proposed Roundtable Talks, including false charges against Solidarity and changes to previously determined plans. Stelmachowski requests an explanation from Glemp of the prospects of realizing the goals of the proposed reforms.

  • October 27, 1988

    Memorandum of Conversation between Jorge Risquet and José Eduardo dos Santos

    Jorge Risquet was Castro’s point man for Angola; José Eduardo dos Santos was the president of Angola.

  • October 28, 1988

    Excerpt from the Diary of Anatoly Chernyaev

    Excerpt from Anatoly Chernyaev’s Diary discussing a meeting between Kohl and Gorbachev and praising Gorbachev’s boldness for declaring a ‘new thinking’ and creating reforms

  • October 28, 1988

    Jorge Risquet to Fidel Castro

    Jorge Risquet was Castro’s point man for Angola.

  • October 28, 1988

    Memorandum of Conversation between Jorge Risquet and Alexander Yakovlev

    Jorge Risquet was Castro’s point man for Angola; Alexander Yakovlev was a member of the Soviet Politburo and the Central Committee secretary in charge of foreign relations.

  • October 31, 1988

    Memorandum, 'Re: Chinese Views on Some Aspects of Hungarian and Soviet Reform Policies'

    The Hungarian Ministry of the Interior weighs how China views the ongoing reforms in Hungary.

  • October 31, 1988

    Anatoly Chernyaev, Notes from a Meeting of the Politburo

    Gorbachev et al prepare for their upcoming UN visit, and discuss presenting their reformed policies, arms reductions, the implementation of perestroika, withdrawal of troops from Hungary, and overall Soviet-American relations.

  • October 31, 1988

    Report on Prime Minister Károly Grósz’s official visit to Iran between 25 and 27 October 1988

    This report by the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs describes Prime Minister Károly Grósz’s visit to Iran in 1988, during which Iranian officials expressed their distrust of the Soviet Union and sought to reinforce positive relations with Hungary.

  • November, 1988

    Memorandum by Soviet First Deputy Foreign Minister Yuli Vorontsov, General Valentin Varennikov, V. Zaitsev, V. Yegorov, November 1988 (Excerpt)

    Report on the degrading political and military situation in Afghanistan.

  • November 02, 1988

    Jorge Risquet to Fidel Castro

    Jorge Risquet was Castro’s point man for Angola.

  • November 08, 1988

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

    Introduced by a cover letter by Antonio Rubbi dated November 8, 1988, this is a report by Lina Tamburrino from China. According Tamburrino, there was a growing divide between the CCP and public opinion, in particular due to rising inflation.

  • December, 1988

    CIA Intelligence Assessment, 'Gorbachev’s September Housecleaning: An Early Evaluation'

    An intelligence analysis from the CIA covering recent changes to the Soviet Union's state structure and leadership reorganization, legal reforms, economic resource allocation, foreign policy etc. under Gorbachev's more powerful position.

  • December, 1988

    Information by the security agencies of the VRB, 'About the Mass Executions of the Leaders of the Tudeh Party and the Political Authorities of the Left in Iran'

    Report on the execution of incarcerated Iranian People's Party (Tudeh) leaders and other political prisoners.

  • December 05, 1988

    Report on the Visit of the Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev to India

    This document describes events during the visit of the Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev to India in November 1988. Talks cover the question of nuclear disarmament and a number regional conflicts. With respect to Afghanistan, Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi supports the Geneva Agreement and the initiation of an inner-Afghan dialogue. He stresses the importance of keeping President Najibullah in power. During the visit several agreements on trade and cooperation in scientific matters are signed.

  • December 07, 1988

    Address by Mikhail Gorbachev at the UN General Assembly Session (Excerpts)

    Excerpts from an address by Gorbachev at the 43rd United Nations General Assembly Session. Gorbachev announced major cuts to the Soviet military presence in Eastern Europe and along the Chinese border.

  • December 10, 1988

    Excerpts from the Diary of Anatoly Chernyaev

    Chernyaev's diary entry on the worsening situation in the Baltics and implications for the state of the Soviet Union.

  • December 13, 1988

    Letter from V. Cherbikov to Gen. D. Stoyanov Regarding Glen Souther – a KGB agent

  • December 17, 1988

    Memorandum of Conversation between Fidel Castro and José Eduardo dos Santos

    José Eduardo dos Santos was the president of Angola.

  • December 20, 1988

    Basic Contents of the Meeting of the Working Group on Peace Treaty Issues, Tokyo

    Basic contents of the meeting of the working group on peace treaty issues, Tokyo, regarding the Kurile and Sakhalin islands and territorial disputes