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Digital Archive International History Declassified


  • September, 1945

    Atomic Bomb (Report of the Group of [Soviet] Embassy Staff Members Who Visited Hiroshima)

    A group of staff members from the Soviet Embassy in Tokyo interviewed Japanese witnesses of the atomic bomb explosions in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They found that the two bombs wreaked havoc on the bodies of those within a small radius of the explosion; most survivors exhibited severe burns, a decreased white blood cell count, and injuries from broken glass. Witnesses from outside this radius faced less severe injuries, and the Embassy staff note that the Japanese press has been exaggerating the effects of the atomic bomb in order to justify the nation’s unconditional surrender.

  • September 05, 1945

    Report from L. Beria to Cde. I.V. Stalin, V.M. Molotov, and Cde. G.M. Malenkov

    Beria reports on the progress of the rebel movement in Xinjiang at the end of August, including information on the locations of the rebels' active operations, their armed forces, Chinese prisoners of war, and recent rebel casualties. He also describes the Chinese Armed Forces' likely responses to recent rebel advances in the Ili District.

  • September 15, 1945

    The Situation in Xinjiang

    The Central Committee of the CPSU reports that the rebels in the East Turkestan Republic (ETR), or northern Xinjiang, have requested that the Soviet Union mediate between the Chinese Nationalist Government and the ETR.

  • October 05, 1945

    L. Beria to Cde. V.M. Molotov

    Beria writes that Osman Batur does not intend to recognize the East Turkestan Republic. Instead, Osman will create an independent state in Altai, in part due to the support of Choibalsan.

  • October 05, 1945

    Record of Conversation between Soviet Ambassador in China Apollon Petrov and Zhou Enlai and Wang Ruofei

    They discuss the results of negotiations with the Chinese Nationalist Party and Chiang Kai-shek's political and military position.

  • October 09, 1945

    TASS Digest, 'Reactions to Truman's Message to Congress about the Atomic Bomb; etc.'

    Stories include disputes in the US about putting the atomic bomb under international supervision, a speech by Truman on the atomic bomb, British conservative party politics, the dissolution of the national assembly in Portugal, elections in Budapest, and a speech by British Foreign Secretary Bevin on the conference of ministers of foreign affairs.

  • October 10, 1945

    Radiogram No. 1, Stalin to Malenkov

    Stalin asked Malenkov to read all the article of "The Situation of the Election."

  • October 11, 1945

    Telegram, Malenkiv to Cde. Stalin

    Malenkov confirmed the receipt of Stalin's telegram and promised to make necessary correction to "The Situation"

  • October 11, 1945

    Cable No.2,3,4,5 from Moscow to Stalin on amendments to 'Regulations Concerning Elections to the USSR Supreme Soviet'

    Malenkov responds to Stalin with changes to several articles in "Regulations Concerning Elections to the USSR Supreme Soviet" and draws his attention to a discrepancy in voting rights between the regulations and the USSR constitution that necessitates a constitutional ammendment.

  • October 11, 1945

    TASS Digest, 'Byrnes' Statement at a Press Conference; etc.'

    Excerpts from a press conference by James Byrnes on the creation of a Far East Consultative Commission, as well as articles on the atomic bomb, the Council of Foreign Ministers, and a new civilian advisor for Jewish matters appointed by General Eisenhower.

  • October 13, 1945

    Telegram, V. Molotov, L. Beria, G. Malenkov, and A. Mikoyan to Cde. Stalin

    Stalin's suggestions for Soviet delegation was approved by the Politburo.

  • October 13, 1945

    Cable No.3303 from Stalin to Molotov, Beria, Mikoyan and Malenkov on the Soviet delegation

    Stalin expresses dissatisfaction at the lack of accurate Soviet records of conferences; request for full transcripts of speeches of all delegations.

  • October 16, 1945

    Telegram, V. Molotov, L. Beria, G. Malenkov, and A. Mikoyan to Cde. Stalin

    Suggestion for sending instruction to comrade Rudenko in a separate telegram, assuming that the 4th amendment is the primary change.

  • October 16, 1945

    Telegram, V. Molotov, L. Beria, G. Malenkov, and A. Mikoyan to Cde. Stalin

    Molotov, Beria, Malenkov, and Mikoyan suggest receiving American Ambassador Harriman at President Truman's request but argue that Harriman should not be made aware of Stalin's location.

  • October 16, 1945

    TASS Digest Distributed to Cde. I.V. Stalin and Cde. C.M. Molotov, 'The Anti-Soviet Fabrications of a Mexican Newspaper; Etc.'

    Summary of news reports from Mexico, Sweden, Canada, and Great Britain, most on Stalin's alleged illness.

  • October 17, 1945

    Telephone Message, Molotov, Beria, Malenkov, and Mikoyan to Cde. Stalin

    Request for Stalin's confirmation on the draft reply to Harriman about his meeting with Stalin.

  • October 18, 1945

    Cable No.3341 from Stalin to Molotov, Beria, Malenkov and Mikoyan

    Stalin agrees to meet with American Ambassador Harriman in Sochi to hear Truman's message.

  • October 18, 1945

    Telephone Message, V. Molotov, L. Beria, G. Malenkov, and A. Mikoyan to Cde. Stalin to Cde. Stalin

    Draft decree and list of delegates by the Council of People's Commissars on the USSR's joining the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations.

  • October 19, 1945

    Telegram, V. Molotov, G. Malenkov, L. Beria, and A. Mikoyan to Cde. Stalin

    Molotov, Beria, Malenkov, and Mikoyan suggest that the Politburo appoint a government commission to investigate the crash of the cruiser "Kirov" near Krasnaya Gorka in the Leningrad Oblast.

  • October 19, 1945

    Telegram, V. Molotov, L. Beria, G. Malenkov, and A. Mikoyan to Cde. Stalin

    Recognition of the provisional government of Austria following the expansion of its authority to all of Austria.