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  • December 19, 1986

    Telegram, 'Re: Chinese Expectations before Comrade Havasi's Visit'

    This report assess China's interest in economic reforms in Hungary, as well as János Kádár's anticipated visit to China.

  • December 23, 1986

    CPSU CC Report, 23 December 1986

    Concerns Soviet assistance to Afghanistan.

  • December 24, 1986

    Letter, KGB Chairman Chebrikov to East German Minister for State Security Mielke

    This letter by KGB Chairman Chebrikov responds to an earlier letter sent by East German Minister for State Security Mielke. In it, Chebrikov agrees to the proposed meeting between the MfS and the KGB on the subject of a sudden nuclear missile attack on the states of the socialist community.

  • January, 1987

    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 January 1987 aimed at exposing indicators of a surprise nuclear missile attack on the USSR.

  • 1987

    KGB, Information Nr. 2742 [to Bulgarian State Security]

    The Soviet KGB seeks Bulgaria's support with "active measures" relating to the origins of the AIDS virus as well as the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI).

  • January 08, 1987

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

    Introduced by a cover letter by Antonio Rubbi dated January 8, 1987, this document is a report from the delegation of the Italian Communist Party led by Reichlin to China from December 3 to 15, 1986. It mainly discusses the state of implementation of economic reforms. As for international affairs, a Chinese official are looking with interest and favor to Gorbachev’s reforms in the USSR.

  • January 20, 1987

    Memorandum of Conversation between CPSU Secretary for International Relations Anatoly Dobrynin and Socialist Unity Party (SED) General Secretary Erich Honecker in Berlin

    Dobrynin and Honecker discuss Gorbachev's recent visit to India and the preparations in Afghanistan for the withdrawal of Soviet troops.

  • January 20, 1987

    Ministry of State Security (Stasi), Plan for Consultations with the Delegation of the KGB

    This document is a plan for the consultations to take place in Berlin between the Stasi and the KBG. It includes objectives and proposed theses on the subject of early recognition of a sudden nuclear missile attack by the adversary.

  • January 21, 1987

    Activities by the Iraqi Embassy to Find Out About Assumed Arms Deals between GDR and Iran

    Information from a source in the Iraqi Embassy on a meeting to discuss the deteriorating relations between Iraq and East Germany. Iraqi officials are suspicious that East Germany is exporting arms or military equipment to Iran, but so far do not have any conclusive evidence.

  • January 22, 1987

    Notes from Politburo Meeting, 21-22 January 1987 (Excerpt)

    Gorbachev and his advisors discuss new Afghan president Mohammad Najibullah and the possible drawdown of Soviet troops.

  • January 22, 1987

    Iraqi Military Manual on the Tactical Use of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Vol. 2 Part 2

    Training manual for the Iraqi armed forces describes tactical uses of nuclear weapons during war. The foreword explains that "It is not unlikely that the Iraqi Army will participate in a future Arab-Israeli war, in which the enemy will resort to the use of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction."

  • February, 1987

    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 February 1987 aimed at exposing indicators of a surprise nuclear missile attack on the USSR.

  • February 03, 1987

    Intelligence Message on the Chernobyl Accident

    This translation of a French brochure about the nuclear accident at Chernobyl was provided by an undercover KGB agent. The brochure discusses the reasons for the accident and compares Chernobyl and Soviet style plants to those in the West, concluding that the French and American reactors possess superior safety standards.

  • February 09, 1987

    Weekly Bulgarian State Security Review

    Based on intelligence sources, the Minister of Internal Affairs Dimitar Stoyanov reports on domestic political developments. Among the issues covered in the memo are the domestic repercussions of the January 1987 Plenary Session of the CPSU Central Committee, as well as the Western allegations of human rights violations in regard to Bulgaria’s policy toward the Turkish ethnic minority.

  • February 23, 1987

    Notes from Politburo Meeting, 23 February 1987 (Excerpt)

    Gorbachev describes issues with the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan.

  • February 26, 1987

    Notes from Politburo Meeting, 26 February 1987 (Excerpt)

    Gorbachev and his advisors discuss whether to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.

  • February 27, 1987

    Record of a Conversation of M. S. Gorbachev with Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Giulio Andreotti (Excerpt)

    Gorbachev and Andreotti discuss issues in the Middle East, including Soviet plans in Afghanistan and a possible international conference on the Middle East.

  • March 01, 1987

    Saddam and His Advisers Discussing the Importance of Morale, Mobilizing Popular Support, and Targeting Iranian Cities

    Transcript of a meeting between Saddam Hussein and other unidentified Iraqi Ba'ath party members. The meeting specifically discussed raising morale and mobilizing popular support--including how to discourage retreats from the front. Also includes discussion of chemical weapons.

  • March 10, 1987

    Meeting between Cuba and the Soviet Union, 'Reunión Bipartita Cuba-URSS'

    Meeting between Cuban and Soviet officials.

  • March 13, 1987

    Review on Bulgarian Trial 109/96 - Case "Renegades" and Case "Editors"