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  • May 04, 1942

    Excerpt from Operations Log of the Urumqi Military Hospital

    The record describes the fatal injuries suffered Sheng Shiqi, the Commander of the Mechanized Brigade of Xinjiang, and brother of Sheng Shicai.

  • May 10, 1942

    Letter from Governor Shicai Sheng to Cdes. Stalin, Molotov, and Voroshilov

    Governor Sheng describes the investigation into Sheng Shiqi's (the Commander of the Mechanized Brigade of Xinjiang) death, which revealed that Chen Xiuying (his wife) murdered him under pressure from Xiao Zuoxin, the assistant to the Director of the Urumqi office of the Native Corporation. He also reports that Kruglov, Soviet advisor for trade matters, intentionally disrupted trade between the Soviet Union and Xinjiang because of the Xinjiang government's alleged anti-Soviet attitude.

  • July 03, 1942

    Letter from Cde. V. M. Molotov to Governor Shicai Sheng

    Molotov rejects all the accusations leveled against Cdes. Bakulin, Rakov, and other senior Soviet officials in Governor Sheng's earlier letter as completely unfounded and criticizes his repression of senior figures in the Xinjiang government. Molotov also expresses his belief that "secret agents of an imperialist power hostile to China" have made Sheng their tool.

  • July 07, 1942

    Letter to the Soviet Ambassador in Chongqing

    At the instruction of the Soviet government and Cde. Stalin personally, the Soviet ambassador to China is instructed to inform Chiang Kai-shek of the worrying views expressed by Shicai Sheng in his recent letter to Stalin, Voroshilov, and Molotov and present him with the text of Molotov's reply.

  • September 06, 1942

    Letter to Stalin from Lee Chang-chen, Commander-in-Chief of the Korean Army in China

    Lee Chang-chen asks Stalin to strengthen the Red Army fighting against the Japanese in the Far East in order to bring about the liberation of Korea faster.

  • February 23, 1943

    Letter to Stalin from the Union for the National Liberation of Korea

    The author celebrates the Red Army’s victory in the battle of Stalingrad and expresses his support for Stalin an communism.

  • May 04, 1943

    Excerpt on Xinjiang from Minutes No. 40 of the VKP(b) CC Politburo Meetings

    The CPSU Central Committee announces that it "cannot tolerate such provocative activity" of Xinjiang Governor Sheng Shicai and that it will provide support to rebels "in their struggle against the repressive colonialist policy of the Governor."

  • May 10, 1943

    Letter to Stalin from Korean Political Parties and Other Organizations which are Based in China

    The author celebrates Stalin’s victories against fascist forces and asks Stalin to aid Korea and to recognize the Korean Provisional government.

  • May 13, 1943

    Communist Labor Conference

    Information on a Communist conference to take place in China on the same day as the conference occurring in Milan.

  • June 10, 1943

    Concerning a Spiritual Directorate of Muslims of Central Asia and Kazakhstan

    The Politburo directs the NKVD to permit the organization of a Spiritual Directorate of Muslims of Central Asia and Kazakhstan.

  • November 17, 1943

    Federal Bureau of Investigation Telegram Requesting Surveillance of Mikhail Kalatozov

    Permission is requested to install microphone surveillance on the hotel room of Soviet film director Mikhail Kalatozov.

  • November 17, 1943

    J. Edgar Hoover Message Authorizing Hotel for Surveillance of Mikhail Kalatozov

    FBI Director Hoover grants a request for the rental of hotel rooms for surveillance of Soviet film director Mikhail Kalatozov.

  • November 22, 1943

    Federal Bureau of Investigation Report on Activities of Mikhail Konstantin Kalatozov

    Report on the arrival of Soviet film director Mikhail K. Kalatozov in Los Angeles and his activities meeting with members of the movie industry as an official representative of the Soviet film committee. A reception in his honor was given by the National Council of Soviet-American Friendship which was attended by Charlie Chaplin.

  • November 24, 1943

    Memorandum for D. M. Lade on Microphone Surveillance of Mikhail Kalatozov

    Memorandum regarding a request for microphone surveillance of Soviet film director Mikhail Kalatozov.

  • November 26, 1943

    The Cairo Declaration

    Roosevelt, Churchhill, and Jiang Jieshi declare that they are "fighting this war to restraint and punish the aggression of Japan."

  • November 26, 1943

    J. Edgar Hoover Message Authorizing Surveillance of Mikhail Kalatozov

    FBI Director Hoover grants a request for microphone surveillance of Soviet film director Mikhail Kalatozov.

  • 1944

    Letter from General Zygmunt Berling to General Julian Skokowski

    General Berling instructs General Skokowski on what actions to take if the Warsaw Uprising fails. His forces are to withdraw to the Kampinowska Forest or meet Gen. Berling's forces to the east of Zoliborz.

  • 1944

    The Truth about the Events in Xinjiang

    An anonymous report on Soviet-Guomindang relations in Xinjiang, and political developments in Xinjiang since 1933.

  • 1944

    Report on the Political and Economic Situation in Tabriz in 1943

    A report detailing the political and economic situation in Tabriz in 1943, detailing, among other things, leadership, local government, and elections. There is emphasis placed on the Soviet role in the region and how it will affect outcomes.

  • January 22, 1944

    Stalin’s Conversation with Choibalsan

    Conversations between Joseph Stalin and Khorloogiin Choibalsan about Mongolia and efforts to defend against possible Chinese attacks during World War II.