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  • February 24, 1981

    Memorandum from John McMahon to the Secretaries of State and Defense and Director of the National Security Agency, 'Current Situation in the Polish Government and Ministry of Defense'

    Translated document outlines a conversation with Brezhnev where he expresses his concerns over counterrevolutionaries. The threat of young people joining the Solidarnosc movement and GDR & Czechoslovakian propaganda to peace in Poland.

  • February 25, 1981

    Information about the Planned Visit by the First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq to the GDR

    The First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq, Yasser Rhamadan, plans to visit the GDR in early 1981 with the hopes of increasing economic cooperation between the two nations. Likewise, the GDR is interesting in building better economic relations in the Middle East, specifically with Iraq and Iran.  

  • February 27, 1981

    Information from an Agent in Hanoi via Bulgarian Representative in Vietnam

  • March, 1981

    South African Department of Foreign Affairs, 'Directive for Discussions of Nuclear Matters with United States Authorities'

    A memorandum in advance of a meeting between U.S. and South African policymakers which outlines South Africa’s intention to adhere to the principles and spirit of the NPT, and concerns about the supply of fuel for the Koeberg and SAFARI-1 reactors

  • March 01, 1981

    Miscellaneous

  • March 02, 1981

    Report of the Hungarian Embassy in Iraq on the developments of Soviet-Iraqi relations

    This report by Dr. Gy. Tatár of the Hungarian Embassy in Iraq describes the deterioration of relations between Iraq and the Soviet Union, and reports that Iraq's increased openness to the West and the Iran-Iraq War are among the reasons for this trend.

  • March 04, 1981

    Telegram from South African Ambassador in Washington Donald Sole on Prospective Reagan Administration Non-Proliferation Policy

    South African Ambassador Donald Sole reports on the possible effect of Reagan non-proliferation policy on South African/US nuclear relations.

  • March 10, 1981

    Information from Col. T. Petrov on Explosion Near the RFE Building in Munich

  • March 12, 1981

    Hungarian Embassy in Nicaragua, Telegram, 'DPRK aid to Nicaragua'

    The Hungarian Embassy in Nicaragua notes the arrival of a North Korean cultural delegation and comments on the DPRK's government plans to help with construction in Nicaragua.

  • March 12, 1981

    Session of the CPSU CC Politburo, 12 March 1981 (excerpt)

    Brezhnev summarizes his meeting with E. Honecker regarding the efforts of the PZPR to suppress the rise of antisocialist political opposition forces in Poland. K.V. Rusakov and A.A. Gromyko respond by expressing their worries about the situation in Poland and criticizing the PZPR for not taking decisive measures to restore order and control over the country.

  • March 12, 1981

    Report, Embassy of Hungary in North Korea to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry

    The Soviet Union continues talks with the DPRK regarding economic issues. The Soviet Union extends North Korea's credit, yet continues to defer the construction of the repeatedly requested power plant. Sino-Korean relations are also criticized.

  • March 12, 1981

    Memorandum from John McMahon to the Secretaries of State and Defense and Director of the National Security Agency, '[Redacted] Report'

    Translation discussing how to keep telecommunications and the postal service up during strikes.

  • March 12, 1981

    Memorandum from John McMahon to the Secretaries of State and Defense and Director of the National Security Agency, '[Redacted] Report'

    Translation reveals new economic controls from the Minister of Domestic Trade and Services such as rationing, temporary price controls, and restricted deliveries.

  • March 12, 1981

    Memorandum from John McMahon to the Secretaries of State and Defense and Director of the National Security Agency, '[Redacted] Report'

    Translated document outlines an exercise for both the government and military of Poland to prepare for the implementation of martial law.

  • March 15, 1981

    Information from Bulgarian Operative Group in Prague on the Situation in Poland

  • March 16, 1981

    Memorandum from John McMahon to the Secretaries of State and Defense and Director of the National Security Agency, '[Redacted] Report'

    Translated memorandum focuses on the power industry in Poland, future measures, and requests for military assistance with power plants.

  • March 16, 1981

    Memorandum from John McMahon to the Secretaries of State and Defense and Director of the National Security Agency, '[Redacted] Report'

    Translation discusses public unrest after implementing martial law, including a rise in robberies and participation in resistance groups such as Solidarnosc. It also lists the military members involved in the decision making exercise.

  • March 16, 1981

    Memorandum from John McMahon to the Secretaries of State and Defense and Director of the National Security Agency, '[Redacted] Report'

    Translation discusses the preparation for martial law through appointing Defense Council and committee members, martial law paperwork, increasing the defense budge from Soviet loans, and expanding military exports.

  • March 16, 1981

    Memorandum from John McMahon to the Secretaries of State and Defense and Director of the National Security Agency, '[Redacted] Report'

    Translated memorandum reports the coordinated efforts of the Ministries of Internal Affairs, Defense, and Central Committee Propaganda Department to implement martial law in Poland.

  • March 17, 1981

    Information regarding the meeting between Karel Hoffmann, President of the Central Unions' Council and Member of the CPCz CC Presidium, and Stanislaw Kania, PUWP CC First Secretary, Warsaw, (excerpt)

    Information regarding the meeting between Karel Hoffmann, President of the Central Unions' Council and Member of the CPCz CC Presidium, and Stanislaw Kania, PUWP CC First Secretary, Warsaw, (excerpt), criticizing Kania’s leadership of the PUWP