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  • September 10, 1981

    Session of the CPSU CC Politburo, 10 September 1981 (excerpt)

    The Soviet Politburo discusses dissent within Poland and the loss of power of the communist party in Poland.

  • September 17, 1981

    Session of the CPSU CC Politburo, 17 September 1981 (excerpt)

    Brezhnev informs the Politburo about his conversation with Cde. Kania of Poland on 11 September, 1981. He suggests applying strong pressure to Kania to put down the uprising.

  • October 29, 1981

    Session of the CPSU CC Politburo, 29 October 1981 (excerpt)

    Soviet Politburo meeting discusses removing Cde. Kania due to uprisings in Poland. It also addresses shortages of oil and supplies for export and use within the Soviet Union.

  • December 10, 1981

    Session of the CPSU CC Politburo

    The Soviet Politburo discusses the Polish Solidarity movement and the possibility of imposing martial law in Poland to restore order and the communist party's authority.

  • September 23, 1982

    CPSU CC Report on Economic Aid to Poland (1980-81)

    Top Secret Dossier from the CPSU CC to Poland listing amount of economic aid in 1980-1981 that is classified for specific purchases such as grain and foodstuffs, as well as for the repayment of loans to other countries.

  • May 28, 1983

    CC CPSU on Withdrawal from Strategic Arms Reduction Negotiations (1)

    The CC CPSU announces that it is breaking off negotiations with the US and NATO on Strategic Arms Reduction.

  • May 28, 1983

    CC CPSU on Withdrawal from Strategic Arms Reduction Negotiations (2)

    The CC CPSU announces that it is breaking off negotiations with the US and NATO on Strategic Arms Reduction.

  • January 17, 1985

    Extract from Minutes No. 181 from the Session of the CPSU Central Committee Secretariat from January 17, 1985, 'On a Request from the Leadership of the People's Party of Iran'

    The CPSU Central Committee agrees to a request for Tudeh Party Politburo member Kh. Forugian to come to Moscow for a month-long training course on ‘organizing illegal party work.’

  • December 12, 1985

    Resolution of the Secretariat of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, 'On a Request from the Leadership of the People's Party of Iran'

    Resolution of the TsK KPSS Secretariat assigning the Committee for State Security (KGB) of the USSR to plan the secret crossing of 10-15 members of the Communist Party of Iran (Tudeh Party) from the Soviet Union into Iran.

  • December 12, 1985

    Extract from Minutes No. 215 of the Session of the Secretariat of the CPSU Central Committee from December 12, 1985, 'On a Request from the Leadership of the People's Party of Iran'

    Resolution of the TsK KPSS Secretariat assigning the Committee for State Security (KGB) of the USSR to plan the secret crossing of 10-15 members of the Communist Party of Iran (Tudeh Party) from the Soviet Union into Iran.

  • February 18, 1986

    Resolution of the Secretariat of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, 'On the Answer to a Message from the Leadership of the Organization of Mujahadin of the Iranian People'

    Central Committee of the CPSU voted to answer a letter from M. Rajavi, leader of the Mujahadin of the Iranian People requesting support for conducting activities in Iran.

  • February 18, 1986

    Extract from Minutes no. 222 from a Session of the Secretariat of the CPSU Central Committee from February 18, 1986, 'On an Answer to the Message from the Leadership of the Organization of Mujahidin of the Iranian People'

    Central Committee of the CPSU voted to answer a letter from M. Rajavi, leader of the Mujahadin of the Iranian People requesting support for conducting activities in Iran.

  • June 23, 1986

    CPSU Central Committee Resolution, 'On the Conception of Military Cooperation with Foreign Countries (Except for Socialist countries)'

    The CPSU Central Committee approves a proposal on military cooperation with non-socialist countries.

  • August 15, 1986

    Resolution of the USSR Defense Council, 'On Military Cooperation in the 12th Five Year Plan with Socialist and Developing Countries'

    This 1986 resolution catalogs failings in Soviet practices for military cooperation with Socialist and developing countries.

  • October 11, 1986

    CPSU Central Committee, 'On Military Technical Cooperation with Foreign Countries'

    The CPSU Central Committee reports on key considerations for improving Soviet leadership in defense and industry in the context of military technical cooperation with foreign countries.

  • October 31, 1986

    Information On the Question of Renting Soviet Atomic Submarines to India

    This document considers the political consequences of carrying through with the Soviet Union's promise to provide India with an Atomic submarine for scientific purposes.

  • November 13, 1986

    Memorandum from KGB Chief Viktor M. Chebrikov, Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze, Defense Minister Marshal Sergei L. Sokolov, and Central Committee International Relations Secretary Anatoly Dobrynin to CPSU Politburo

    This document highlights the efforts of the PDPA leadership to increase its membership among Afghan mullahs, landowners, and the aristocracy in order to legitimize the party among the Afghan people. It also reveals possible UN involvement in affairs surrounding Afghanistan after a possible Soviet withdrawal.

  • August, 1987

    CPSU Central Committee Request, 'On the Order of Preparation of Documents on Questions of Military Technical Cooperation with Foreign Countries'

    The CPSU Central Committee proposes a workflow for creating composing and approving documents on military technical cooperation with foreign countries.

  • August 28, 1987

    Proposals on the Order of Composing Documents on Questions of Military Technical Cooperation with Foreign Countries

    This document outlines the correct workflow for creating and distributing various documents on military technical cooperation with foreign countries.

  • December 26, 1988

    CPSU Central Committee, 'On an Answer to Questions from the International Labor Organization on Questions of Conversion of the Defense Industry and Related Areas'

    The CPSU Central Committee discusses the Socialist countries' lack of response to an International Labor Organization (ILO) questionnaire on conversion of the defense industry and suggests government offices to review the questions and submit possible answers to the Central Committee.