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  • September 10, 1981

    Session of the CPSU CC Politburo, 10 September 1981 (excerpt)

    The Soviet Politburo discusses dissent within Poland and the loss of power of the communist party in Poland.

  • September 17, 1981

    Session of the CPSU CC Politburo, 17 September 1981 (excerpt)

    Brezhnev informs the Politburo about his conversation with Cde. Kania of Poland on 11 September, 1981. He suggests applying strong pressure to Kania to put down the uprising.

  • October 29, 1981

    Session of the CPSU CC Politburo, 29 October 1981 (excerpt)

    Soviet Politburo meeting discusses removing Cde. Kania due to uprisings in Poland. It also addresses shortages of oil and supplies for export and use within the Soviet Union.

  • December 10, 1981

    Session of the CPSU CC Politburo

    The Soviet Politburo discusses the Polish Solidarity movement and the possibility of imposing martial law in Poland to restore order and the communist party's authority.

  • September 23, 1982

    CPSU CC Report on Economic Aid to Poland (1980-81)

    Top Secret Dossier from the CPSU CC to Poland listing amount of economic aid in 1980-1981 that is classified for specific purchases such as grain and foodstuffs, as well as for the repayment of loans to other countries.

  • May 28, 1983

    CC CPSU on Withdrawal from Strategic Arms Reduction Negotiations (1)

    The CC CPSU announces that it is breaking off negotiations with the US and NATO on Strategic Arms Reduction.

  • May 28, 1983

    CC CPSU on Withdrawal from Strategic Arms Reduction Negotiations (2)

    The CC CPSU announces that it is breaking off negotiations with the US and NATO on Strategic Arms Reduction.

  • 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.

  • August 15, 1986

    Resolution of the USSR Defense Council, 'On Military Cooperation in the 12th Five Year Plan with Socialist and Developing Countries'

    This 1986 resolution catalogs failings in Soviet practices for military cooperation with Socialist and developing countries.

  • 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 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 13, 1986

    Memorandum from KGB Chief Viktor M. Chebrikov, Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze, Defense Minister Marshal Sergei L. Sokolov, and Central Committee International Relations Secretary Anatoly Dobrynin to CPSU Politburo

    This document highlights the efforts of the PDPA leadership to increase its membership among Afghan mullahs, landowners, and the aristocracy in order to legitimize the party among the Afghan people. It also reveals possible UN involvement in affairs surrounding Afghanistan after a possible Soviet withdrawal.

  • August, 1987

    CPSU Central Committee Request, 'On the Order of Preparation of Documents on Questions of Military Technical Cooperation with Foreign Countries'

    The CPSU Central Committee proposes a workflow for creating composing and approving documents on military technical cooperation with foreign countries.

  • August 28, 1987

    Proposals on the Order of Composing Documents on Questions of Military Technical Cooperation with Foreign Countries

    This document outlines the correct workflow for creating and distributing various documents on military technical cooperation with foreign countries.

  • December 26, 1988

    CPSU Central Committee, 'On an Answer to Questions from the International Labor Organization on Questions of Conversion of the Defense Industry and Related Areas'

    The CPSU Central Committee discusses the Socialist countries' lack of response to an International Labor Organization (ILO) questionnaire on conversion of the defense industry and suggests government offices to review the questions and submit possible answers to the Central Committee.

  • 1989

    Concept Paper on Military Cooperation with Foreign (Non-Socialist) Countries for the Period 1990-1995

    This concept paper addresses the need to base decisions about the nature of military cooperation on the Soviet Union’s long term goal of ending the arms race and moving toward disarmament. It also details how this decision-making should look in specific developing countries in which the Soviet Union has an interest.

  • January 11, 1989

    CPSU Central Committee Resolution, 'On an Answer to an Address from the International Organization of Labor on Questions of Conversion and Defense Industry and Related Areas'

    The CPSU Central Committee directs relevant departments in the Soviet government to review questions from the International Labor Organization on conversion in the defense industry.

  • February 07, 1989

    Record from Protocol No. 147 of the Meeting of the Politburo of the CC CPSU, Supplying Arms to Angola

    In response to requests from the President of Angola, José Eduardo dos Santos, the CC CPSU agrees to supply arms which will be sent from the Soviet Union to the Republic of Cuba, and then provided during the withdrawal of Cuban troops from the People’s Republic of Angola.

  • May 22, 1989

    G. Berdennikov, 'Information on Agreement of the Draft CPSU Central Committee Resolution "On a Conception of Military Cooperation with (Non-Socialist) Foreign Countries"'

    List of CPSU Central Committee members approving the draft of a resolution "On a conception of military cooperation with (non-Socialist) foreign countries."

  • June 23, 1989

    CPSU Central Committee, 'On a Conception of Military Cooperation with Foreign (Non-Socialist) Countries'

    An introductory note to the CPSU Central Committee Resolution on military cooperation with non-Socialist countries.