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  • March 25, 1986

    Memorandum of Conversation between Fidel Castro and Oliver Tambo

    Oliver Tambo was the president of the ANC.

  • March 26, 1986

    Memorandum of Conversation between Jorge Risquet and Oliver Tambo

    Jorge Risquet was Castro’s point man for Angola; Oliver Tambo was the president of the ANC.

  • March 26, 1986

    Note on a Meeting in the Embassy of the Republic of Iraq with Ambassador Fawzi al-Bander

    Ambassador al-Bander follows up on a request for Iraqi intelligence officers to visit the Ministry for State Security, but is informed it will not be possible in 1986.

  • April, 1986

    Recommendations and Some Information on the Conditions in the Zone of Increased Radiation in the City of Kiev

    This document lists the composition of the emissions in the air in Kiev, as well as sanitary and dietary recommendations believed to ease the impacts of radiation.

  • April 01, 1986

    New Evidence on 1986 US Air Raid on Libya

  • April 19, 1986

    International Olympic Committee President interview with Chun Doo-hwan on North Korean Threats to the 1988 Seoul Olympics

    IOC President Samaranch speaks to South Korean President Chun Doo-Hwan. Samarach tries to persuade Chun to concede some of the sports organizing at the upcoming Summer 1988 Olympics to North Korea, as their demands have "decreased drastically." Chun fears that concessions now will lead to greater concessions in the future. Chun urges Samaranch to take control of the situation, as the IOC is well-respected. In order for the IOC to negotiate with North Korea, North Korea must declare that it will honor the Olympic Charter.

  • April 24, 1986

    Report of the Hungarian Embassy in Iraq on the negative impact of the war on the Iraqi domestic situation in 1986

    This report issued by the Hungarian Embassy in Iraq describes the fracturing of relations between the Baath Party, the army, and the president, economic strife, and the efforts necessary to regain domestic stability in 1986.

  • April 25, 1986

    Meeting between President Chun Doo Hwan and President Samaranch

    Meeting between President Chun Doo Hwan and President Samaranch

  • April 25, 1986

    Report, Embassy of Hungary in India to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry

    Lengthy analysis of relations between the Soviet Union and India, covering diplomatic, military, economic, and cultural relations. Includes discussion of high-level meetings with politicians like Rajiv Gandhi and Ramaswamy Venkataraman; military supplies provided by the Soviet Union to India; and trade agreements between the two countries. Also discusses tensions caused by India's opposition to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

  • April 26, 1986

    Urgent Report, Accident at Chernobyl Atomic Power Station

    The Soviet Minister of Power and Electrification reports on an explosion and fire at the Chernobyl Atomic Power Station in Ukraine. The Soviet Ministry of Heath has determined that "it is not required to take special measures, including the evacuation of the population from the city."

  • April 26, 1986

    Untitled notice about the categories of the population and body parts most susceptible to radiation

    This document discusses how radioactivity is measured, radiation safety norms and categories, and the permissible dose of radiation for different groups (i.e., accident responders, plant personnel, the regional population)

  • April 26, 1986

    V.P. Bryukhanov, Director of Chernobyl NPP, 'On the Accident at V. I. Lenin Chernobyl NPP'

    A brief report of the facts of the accident, including death of one unnamed person, hospitalization of 34, including 9 fireman, disappearance of the chief reactor operator Khodemchuk. Followed by reporting radiation levels in the aftermath of the accident.

  • April 26, 1986

    The KGB’s Report on Explosion and Fire at Chernobyl NPP [Nuclear Power Plant]

    This KGB report provides a chronology of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, and gives information on the disaster's first victims.

  • April 27, 1986

    Notice from the Operative Plenipotentiary of the 2nd Division of the 6th Administration of the Ukr. SSR KGB

    The document refers to the detention of a civilian vehicle which exceeded the level of radiation permitted by the decontamination project of the Institute for Nuclear Research, USSR Academy of Sciences.

  • April 27, 1986

    Untitled notice on levels of radiation in Chernobyl NPP and steps taken in response

    The document refers to the level of radiation in the area affected and the measures undertaken for planned evacuations.

  • April 27, 1986

    P.P. Volkov's Report to the Central Committee of Ukrainian Communist Party

    Evacuation order received at 20.00 on April 26, vehicle columns sent from Kiev to Chernobyl at 23.25, containing 1125 buses and 250 lorries, arriving at 4.00 on April 27. Evacuation of Pripyat began at 13.30 on April 27.

  • April 27, 1986

    I. Gladush, Minister of the Interior, to the Central Committee of the Ukrainian Communist Party

    A narrative account of the Chernobyl accident that describes the activities of Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukrainian SSR (MVD) and security services in liquidating the aftermath of the Chernobyl accident and preparing Pripyat's evacuation.

  • April 28, 1986

    Untitled report by Lt. Col. V.P. Alekseyev and Major V.D. Kohan on Radiation Levels

    Info on radiactive fallout, and that Kiev is currently safe and being observed by experts, while Pripyat has 30-160 micro roentgens/sec, and Rivne Oblast has 820 micro roentgens per hour. From emergency 91 hospitalized people sent to Moscow, and 54 to Kiev and Kiev Oblast.

  • April 29, 1986

    Telegram Sent from 6th Clinical Hospital, Moscow, to Vera Sergeyevna Toptunovoa

    Letter to mother and address of hospital in Moscow, where he is located

  • April 29, 1986

    A. Serdyuk, 'Some First Priority Questions in connection with the Situation in the Region of the Chernobyl AEhS'

    The report covers the issue of radiactive fallout following the accident, evacuation procedure, and number of hospitalized.