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Digital Archive International History Declassified


  • March 15, 1985

    Conference of Secretaries of the CC CPSU, Held in the Office of CC CPSU General Secretary Comrade M. S. Gorbachev

    Following general Secretary Konstantin Chernenko's death, Soviet officials discuss a Warsaw Pact meeting and conversations with various foreign leaders.

  • March 20, 1985

    Memorandum of Conversation between Raúl Castro and Mikhail Gorbachev

    Raúl Castro was Cuba’s defense minister; Mikhail Gorbachev was the General Secretary of the Communist party of the Soviet Union.

  • March 26, 1985

    Information from Gen. V. Kotzev on Turkish Leftist Group Activity

  • April 08, 1985

    Letter, First Secretary of the PPI Central Committee A. Khavari to the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union

    Official Request from PPI First Secretary Ali Khavari to allow Forugian to take a special study course.

  • April 09, 1985

    Information from Col. R. Toshkov on Terrorist Groups in Turkey

  • April 10, 1985

    Antonio Rubbi, 'Note for Comrades: Natta and Pajetta'

    Introduced by a cover letter by Antonio Rubbi dated April 10, 1985, this document is a letter from Siegmund Ginzberg dated March 30, 1985 updating the PCI on the situation in China. The topics covered include a conversation with Hu Yaobang, Natta’s visit, Australia, Vietnam and Cambodia, relations with the USSR, the economy, change in the CCP and the Japanese Communist Party.

  • April 17, 1985

    Report of the Hungarian Embassy in Iraq on the development of the Iraqi-American relationship in 1985

    This report issued by the Hungarian Embassy in Iraq discusses the declining importance of the Iran-Iraq War for the United States and the need for the superpowers to mediate the conflict in order to focus on broader aspects of their relations.

  • April 19, 1985

    Information from Gen. A. Mussakov on Realization of the Instruction on Disinformation Activities

  • April 24, 1985

    Address by Willy Brandt before the Council on Foreign Relations

    Willy Brandt speaks about East-West relations, specifically focusing on what he views as U.S. misconceptions about nuclear arms, and the concept of Common Security.

  • May 01, 1985

    Letter from R.F. Botha to Lt-Col Manuel Rodrigues

    Letter from R. F. "Pik" Botha to the Angolan Minister of the Interior, decrying the movement of SWAPO militants into South African territory and the Angolan anti-South African propaganda campaign. Urges Angola to end the propaganda and to ensure that SWAPO attacks are not planned or executed from Angolan territory.

  • May 02, 1985

    Minutes of Conversation: Todor Zhivkov – Daniel Ortega Saavedra on the Situation in Central America and Bulgarian Aid to Nicaragua

  • May 03, 1985

    Letter by the Chairman of the SPD, Brandt, to the President of the United States of America, Reagan

    Brandt writes to Reagan briefly about German-American relations and the need for President Reagan to meet with German Chancellor.

  • May 15, 1985

    Czechoslovak Translation of Soviet Report on the Sixth Round of Soviet-Chinese Consultations in Moscow

    This report on Soviet-Chinese consultations in Moscow includes Soviet proposals to improve the relationship with China, including the establishment of a military expert commission on border questions. However, the Chinese delegation insists that the Soviet Union cease supporting Mongolia, Afghanistan, Vietnam, and Cambodia. The author concludes that mutual cooperation has not been substantially improved as a result of the consultations.

  • June 10, 1985

    Speech, East German Minister of State Security Mielke, 'At the Enlarged Collegium Meeting on 7 June 1985 about Further Preparation of the XI SED Party Congress'

    This speech by East German Minister of State Security Mielke is about technological, intellectual, and ideological preparations for war by the west and how to uncover and organize indicators of a potential attack.

  • June 12, 1985

    Letter from South African President P.W. Botha to US President Ronald Reagan

    Letter from South African State President P. W. Botha to Ronald Reagan, which discusses South Africa's relations with Mozambique and Mozambique's move away from the Soviet Union. Argues that the West is not supplying enough economic and technical assistance to Mozambique or South Africa, and says that more aid will be necessary to help dissuade foreign interests from depleting the countries' resources.

  • June 15, 1985

    Report by Agent 'Tulon' on New Priorities of Western Anti-Socialist Propaganda

    Report by a Polish intelligence agent on the activities of the International Literacy Center (ILC) to distribute anti-Communist books to Poish youth.

  • July 01, 1985

    Memorandum on 12th World Festival of Youth and Students in Moscow

    Information "indicates that the enemy is hatching plans to carry out malicious acts during the 12th World Festival of Youth and Students in Moscow, including those of a terrorist nature."

  • July 02, 1985

    Memorandum on Hijacking of TWA Flight 847

    "On the question of exchanging hostages from the aircraft seized in Athens for Shiite prisoners in Israel."

  • July 04, 1985

    Letter from UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to South African President P.W. Botha

    Letter from Margaret Thatcher to South African State President P. W. Botha, condemning South African attacks on Angola and Gaborone, and warning of some sort of response by Britain should they continue. Also notes that Britain has offered to provide military training to Mozambique via Zimbabwe.

  • July 10, 1985

    Letter from UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to South African President P.W. Botha

    Letter from Margaret Thatcher to South African State President P.W. Botha, decrying the attacks made on Botswana by South Africa, after Britain had made it clear that it could not support South Africa if it continued in those attacks. Implies that Britain will have to cease its support to South Africa.