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  • September 23, 1986

    Annual Report of the Situation in the Iran-Iraq War

    In the latter half of 1986, the East German Military Attache in Baghdad reports on how the Iran-Iraq War has progressed and where it is going. During the war so far, Iraq's greatest source of imports has been, by far, from the Soviet Union. However, nations like France and Egypt has also been quite helpful.

  • September 25, 1986

    Memorandum to Central Committee from Politburo Members Ligachev and Chebrikov on Jamming of Western Radio Stations

    This memorandum from Politburo members Chebrikov and Ligachev describes in general terms the jamming situation in 1986 and the rationale for ending jamming on VOA, BBC, Radio Beijing and Radio Korea, while continuing jamming of Radio Liberty, Radio Free Europe, Deutsche Welle and Kol Israel.

  • September 25, 1986

    Meeting Minutes of the Politburo of the CC CPSU, Regarding Persecution of Political Dissidents and Spies

    In this September 1986 excerpt, Gorbachev receives a report from KGB chief Chebrikov that he had requested on “what kinds of people are serving sentences for crimes, which Western propaganda calls political.” Obviously following Gorbachev’s lead, Chebrikov proposes to alleviate the prison sentences of two-thirds of the 240 persons he lists under this category; but, in response to a question from Gromyko, he notes two cases where the guilty parties had already received a sentence that could not be reduced—execution for espionage.

  • September 26, 1986

    Central Intelligence Agency Directorate of Intelligence, 'European Review [Redacted]'

    Brief summaries of intelligence from Europe.

  • September 30, 1986

    Memorandum, 'Re: Information Related to China'

    Zhu Rongji describes China's economic reforms and cooperation between the PRC and Hungary in furthering the reform process.

  • September 30, 1986

    Order of the Committee of State Security [KGB] of the USSR

    These documents contain information regarding acceptable levels of radiation on individuals, in foods, as well as on roads, clothing, and equipment.

  • October, 1986

    Note on Proposals for Meetings between Chairman of the Council of State and Representatives of Opinion Making Social Groups

    Note on proposals for meetings between Chairman of the Council of State and Representatives of Opinion Making Social Groups regarding dialogue, mediation and questions regarding the set-up of such meetings

  • October, 1986

    Committee for State Security (KGB), 'About Results of Intelligence Activities to Note Indicators for a Surprise Nuclear Missile Attack'

    This report from the KGB contains results from intelligence activities conducted in October 1986 aimed at exposing indicators of a surprise nuclear missile attack on the USSR.

  • October 02, 1986

    Letter of Lech Walesa to the Council of State

    Letter of Lech Walesa to the Council of State calling for the end of martial law and the establishment of union pluralism

  • October 09, 1986

    Decree of the Secretary of the CC CPSU, 09 October 1986

    Concerns the KGB in Kabul and the help of the Iraqi Communist Party.

  • October 11, 1986

    CPSU Central Committee, 'On Military Technical Cooperation with Foreign Countries'

    The CPSU Central Committee reports on key considerations for improving Soviet leadership in defense and industry in the context of military technical cooperation with foreign countries.

  • October 11, 1986

    Soviet-American High Level Meeting, Reykjavik, 11-12 October 1986, Record of Conversations in the Working Group on Military Issues

    Record of conversation between US official, Paul Nitze, and USSR Chief of General Staff Sergey Akhromeev. The two discuss the minutiae of nuclear disarmament, particularly the relative disarmament value of each part of the triad (nuclear-equipped bombers/ICBMs/submarine-launched missiles).

  • October 16, 1986

    Statute on the Inter-Governmental Commission to Coordinate the Work of the PRB, HPR, GDR, PPR, USSR, and CSSR on Export Control on a Multi-Party Basis

    This statute creates an inter-governmental commission aimed at coordinating the efforts of the People's Republic of Bulgaria, the Hungarian People’s Republic, the German Democratic Republic, the Polish People’s Republic, the USSR, and the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic to prevent exports that might be used by capitalist or developing countries to reach their military or economic potentials.

  • October 18, 1986

    Memorandum of Conversation of Polish Officials Concerning a Proposed Consultative Council

    Memorandum of conversation regarding the proposed Consultative Council and its goal to increase trust and develop recommendations and the inclusion of non-party people and members of the Catholic church

  • October 18, 1986

    Report on a Erich Honecker's visit to North Korea, October 1986

    During the meeting with Kim Il Sung, Honecker talked about economic deployment in the GDR and German foreign policy. Kim Il Sung explained Korea's economic problems and objectives, as well as Korea's external position. Treaties for economic cooperation were signed.

  • October 19, 1986

    Transcript of Official Negotiations between Comrade Erich Honecker and Comrade Kim Il Sung

    Kim Il Sung and Honecker discuss diplomatic relations between East Germany and North Korea and the domestic economic and political situation in North Korea.

  • October 22, 1986

    Meeting Minutes of the Politburo of the CC CPSU, Regarding the Aftermath of the Reykjavik US-Soviet summit

    The Politburo discusses what to do after the failure of the Reykjavik summit over Reagan's insistence on preserving the right to continue the SDI or "Star Wars" project, as well as the subsequent expulsion of Soviet diplomats from the US. In the angry, bitter meeting Gorbachev decides on the removal of 250 Soviets working in service positions at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.

  • October 24, 1986

    CPSU Memorandum

    Sino-Soviet relations and the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan are discussed.

  • October 31, 1986

    Information On the Question of Renting Soviet Atomic Submarines to India

    This document considers the political consequences of carrying through with the Soviet Union's promise to provide India with an Atomic submarine for scientific purposes.

  • November 06, 1986

    Czechoslovak Translation of the Soviet Report on the Ninth Round of Soviet-Chinese Consultations in Moscow

    This report summarizes the October 1986 Sino-Soviet consultations, with emphasis on the Soviet determination to improve mutual relations. At the same time, the Soviet Union declines to pressure Vietnam to withdraw from Cambodia. The Chinese delegation is prepared to normalize political and economic cooperation, but does not propose concrete measures. The authors speculate that this is due to Soviet Union's interference in Asian political affairs.