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  • February 18, 1986

    Resolution of the Secretariat of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, 'On the Answer to a Message from the Leadership of the Organization of Mujahadin of the Iranian People'

    Central Committee of the CPSU voted to answer a letter from M. Rajavi, leader of the Mujahadin of the Iranian People requesting support for conducting activities in Iran.

  • February 18, 1986

    Extract from Minutes no. 222 from a Session of the Secretariat of the CPSU Central Committee from February 18, 1986, 'On an Answer to the Message from the Leadership of the Organization of Mujahidin of the Iranian People'

    Central Committee of the CPSU voted to answer a letter from M. Rajavi, leader of the Mujahadin of the Iranian People requesting support for conducting activities in Iran.

  • February 19, 1986

    Brussels–NATO (BNATO) to Department of External Affairs (Canada), 'Alliance Problems Over INF'

    In a flurry of cables from February 1986, Canadian assessments focused on a chronic issue within NATO: consultation within the alliance. As this dispatch from Brussels concluded, paraphrasing Winston Churchill, “NATO nuclear collective consultation is the worst form, except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”

  • February 27, 1986

    Brussels to Department of External Affairs (Canada), 'Zero Option and the Europeans'

    Canadian officials warned of disagreement to come between the Europeans and the Americans over the “zero option,” the longstanding proposal to reduce both US and Soviet INF to zero. This dispatch from Brussels reported “substantial unhappiness” amongst the Europeans that the United States and the Soviet Union would discuss disarmament “even if neither of them believed in it.” Nuclear deterrence had prevented war in Europe for the preceding four decades, and US-Soviet discussions of disarmament only made it even more difficult to convince public opinion of deterrence’s continued importance

  • February 28, 1986

    Ministry for State Security, 'Statement on the Iraqi Request'

    The Ministry for State Security rejects efforts on the part of the Iraq Ministry of Interior to establish formal cooperation.

  • March 03, 1986

    Record of the meeting on 3 March 1986 between Erich Honecker and Fidel Castro

    Record of the meeting on March 8, 1986 between Honecker and Castro. Topics include plans to celebrate the impending 40th anniversary of the GDR, the Cuban government's relations with the Catholic Church, the arms race, U.S. imperialism and importing/exporting of Cuban goods.

  • March 10, 1986

    Information on the Planned Deployment of a Delegation from Chemical Services in the Republic of Iraq

    A delegation of the East German National People's Army in Iraq is supposed to facilitate the transfer of the training site for chemical services to the Defense Ministry of the Republic of Iraq.

  • March 20, 1986

    CPSU CC Politburo Transcript (excerpt)

    CPSU CC Politburo Transcript discussing Afghan plans to execute 50 people and Karmal’s weak psychological disposition

  • March 25, 1986

    Memorandum of Conversation between Fidel Castro and Oliver Tambo

    Oliver Tambo was the president of the ANC.

  • March 26, 1986

    Memorandum of Conversation between Jorge Risquet and Oliver Tambo

    Jorge Risquet was Castro’s point man for Angola; Oliver Tambo was the president of the ANC.

  • March 26, 1986

    Note on a Meeting in the Embassy of the Republic of Iraq with Ambassador Fawzi al-Bander

    Ambassador al-Bander follows up on a request for Iraqi intelligence officers to visit the Ministry for State Security, but is informed it will not be possible in 1986.

  • 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 Nº 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.