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Digital Archive International History Declassified


  • June 22, 1978

    Transcript of CPSU CC Politburo Meeting, 22 June 1978 (Excerpt)

    Andropov discusses the trial and possible sentencing of Shcharansky, who was charged with spying for the United States.

  • June 27, 1978

    Exposition of the Conversations with Cde. V. I. Potapov, Chief of the Romanian Sector of the CPSU CC

    Briefing given by V. I. Potapov on the dispute between the USSR and the SSR regarding the historical treatment of Soviet-Romanian relations. The SSR was accused of pursuing an independent foreign policy and offering a bad example for other socialist countries. Some issues examined were: the Romanian position in the Belgrade Negotiations, the RCP attitude towards “Eurocommunism," the Romanian position towards Africa, the Middle East and China and the Moldavian question.

  • June 28, 1978

    Telegram to the Minister of Foreign Affairs from the Ambassador in Finland, “Report on Dialogue with Vainiomaki, Ex-Commercial Attaché in Pyongyang”

    A summarized report of dialogue with Finnish Ex-Commercial Attache in Pyongyang, who describes North Korea's military schemes, Kim Jong Il's car accident, and an agreement between North Korea and Finland for dispatching skilled engineers to help construct a pulp factory in North Korea.

  • June 30, 1978

    TELEGRAM 032.460 from the Romanian Embassy in Damascus to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Romanian Embassy in Damascus reports on Pak Seong-cheol's plan to visit Syria.

  • July, 1978

    Interagency Intelligence Memorandum, US Director of Central Intelligence, 'South Africa’s Nuclear Options and Decisionmaking Structure'

    Memo reports that during the period the Carter administration was putting pressure on South Africa to avoid the nuclear weapons route, but the analysts suggested that even if the South Africans signed the NPT and accepted IEAE safeguards they would continue to pursue a “covert program.”

  • July 07, 1978

    Vietnamese Government's Note to Chinese Government

    The Government of Vietnam is disturbed by the atrophying of relations with China.

  • July 11, 1978

    Information from Gen. D. Stoyanov on Agreement between WP Security Services for Establishment of Joint Database System SOUD

  • July 11, 1978

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador Puzanov, Memorandum of Conversation with N.M. Taraki and Delegation of the Soviet Academy of Sciences

    Ae delegation from the USSR Academy of Sciences meets with Taraki to discuss scientific development in Afghanistan and future collaboration with the Soviet Union.

  • July 11, 1978

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador Puzanov, Memorandum of Conversation with Hafizullah Amin and Delegation of the Soviet Academy of Sciences

    Soviet Ambassador Puzanov introduces Hafizullah Amin at the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs to a delegation from the USSR Academy of Sciences, headed by the President of the Academy of Sciences of the Tajik SSR, M.S. Asimov. They discuss the state of scientific research in Afghanistan and future scientific cooperation with the Soviet Union.

  • July 11, 1978

    Political Letter of Soviet Ambassador to the United States Anatoly F. Dobrynin

  • July 14, 1978

    Minutes of Meeting of CPSU CC Politburo (excerpt)

    A general conversation amongst Politburo members regarding the current state of relations with the Ethiopian regime and how it could be improved. (excerpt)

  • July 14, 1978

    TELEGRAM 066.787 from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Unable to overcome its lack of transportation means and financial resources, the DPRK decides not to participate in the World Youth Festival.

  • July 14, 1978

    CPSU CC Politburo Decision

    A decision by the Central Committee regarding continued support of the Ethiopian regime under Mengistu

  • July 15, 1978

    Telegram from the East Europe Division, Foreign Ministry, “Prospect of Kim Il Sung’s Visit to the Soviet Union”

    The South Korean Foreign Ministry analyzes the possibility and timing of Kim Il Sung's visit to the Soviet Union, discussing the purpose of the visit and relations between the Soviet Union and North Korea.

  • July 17, 1978

    TELEGRAM 066.793 from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Central African Republic's Emperor Bokassa visits Pyongyang and discusses export and import plans with the DPRK.

  • July 18, 1978

    Record of Conversation between Soviet Ambassador to Afghanistan A.M. Puzanov and Taraki

    Record of Conversation between Soviet Ambassador to Afghanistan A.M. Puzanov and Taraki about the situation in Afghanistan and Taraki’s meeting with US Deputy Secretary of State David Newsom

  • July 20, 1978

    Report on Mengistu's Visit to the Soviet Union to discuss Soviet-Ethiopian Relations

    While in the Soviet Union, Haile Mariam Mengistu spoke with Leonid Brezhnev about the current revolutionary and economic situation in Ethiopia. The report addresses the Ethiopian desire to create a revolutionary party, as well as the conflict in Eritrea and relations with Somalia and Djibouti.

  • July 20, 1978

    Soviet Ambassador of Angola V.P. Loginov, Memorandum of Conversation with Official from the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola

    Memorandum of Conversation with candidate-member of the Politburo Secretary of the CC MPLA-PT for international issues P. Luvualu, discussing the situation in Zaire and the continued Soviet support for Angola.

  • July 20, 1978

    Moldavian Communist Party Central Committee, No. 179 ss, to CPSU Central Committee, 'Information Regarding the Intensification in Romania of a Propaganda Campaign that Harms the Interests of the USSR'

    The Moldavian Communist Party reports on the increasingly anti-Soviet nature of nationalist propaganda in Russia. Moldavian authorities were concerned by how this propaganda denied the existence of a separate Moldavian ethnic identity, while Soviet authorities were especially concerned by Bucharest’s role in attempting to consolidate an anti-Soviet Eurocommunism.

  • July 21, 1978

    Negotiations for the Japan-China Peace and Friendship Treaty