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  • October 06, 1981

    Memorandum of Conversation between Bulgarian foreign Minister P. Mladenov and Polish ambassador Vl. Naperaj

  • October 07, 1981

    Intelligence Information Special Report, 'Current Status of Preparations for Declaration of Martial Law in Poland'

    Translation of a military document which shows Poland is ready to declare martial law at any time. It argues for a surprise declaration in order to catch opposition off guard.

  • October 08, 1981

    Record of a Meeting between Representatives of the CPCz CC and SED CC International Relations Department in East Germany (excerpt)

  • October 11, 1981

    Conversation with Babrak Karmal

    This document reveals the difficulty in distinguishing between rebels from the local population. The often coercive tactics of the Afghan military, which drew in individuals who would not join on their own, shows the difficulty in differentiating between rebels and local people.

  • October 12, 1981

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

    Translation of a document from the Main Political Directorate about morale in the Armed Forces - addressing problems such as alcohol abuse, going AWOL, and support to Solidarity and liberalization movements.

  • October 13, 1981

    Memorandum from John Stein to the Secretaries of State and Defense and Director of the National Security Agency, 'Current Political/Military Situation in Poland'

    Translation detailing Soviet interaction with Polish military officials, contingency plans for public backlash against martial law, and possible political backlash.

  • October 13, 1981

    Memorandum from John Stein to the Director of Central Intelligence, '[Redacted] Report'

    Translated resolution from the Council of State indicating if public discipline gets worse, then martial law must be instated.

  • October 16, 1981

    Ministry for State Security, 'On Activities of Iraqi Intelligence Organs'

    Report from the KGB that Iraqi intelligence are using foreign embassies to "to register, monitor, and possibly neutralize" Iraqi communists and other oppositional groups abroad.

  • October 16, 1981

    Memorandum from John Stein to the Director of Central Intelligence, '[Redacted] Report'

    Memorandum from John Stein to the Director of the CIA. The report contains translations of two secret letters between staff of the Polish Armed Forces and General W. Jaruzelski. In it they discuss appointing representatives for the Air Force, Navy, and Rocket Troops.

  • October 19, 1981

    Memorandum from John Stein to the Secretaries of State and Defense and Director of National Security, 'Current Political Situation in Poland'

    Translation updates the situation between the Polish military and the Central Committee Plenum and describes a situation where the General of Arms fell ill.

  • October 19, 1981

    Brezhnev-Jaruzelski Telephone Conversation

  • October 19, 1981

    Memorandum from John Stein to the Director of Central Intelligence, '[Redacted] Report'

    Translation details the various legal documents needed for martial law, their legal basis, and means of notifying the public.

  • October 19, 1981

    Memorandum from John Stein to the Director of Central Intelligence, '[Redacted] Report'

    Translated report includes new requirements for public assembly under martial law.

  • October 19, 1981

    Memorandum from John Stein to the Director of Central Intelligence, '[Redacted] Report'

    Translation containing a list of organizations exempt from the ordinance requiring a permit to meet. Including the Polish United Workers and Union of Polish Socialist Youth.

  • October 19, 1981

    Memorandum from John Stein to the Director of Central Intelligence, '[Redacted] Report'

    Translated order for the ban of Trade Unions and other social organizations such as Solidarity. It ends with a list of barred trade unions.

  • October 23, 1981

    Cooperative Agreement between the Interior Ministry of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic and the Soviet KGB for the summer of 1981 - 1985

    The two parties consent to assist each other in the surveillance of goods going between the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic and the Soviet Union, letters going between the two countries and from them to capitalist countries, correspondence sent from Czechoslovak or Soviet citizens to people who recently arrived from capitalist countries, the mailing of anti-socialist materials sent through the two nations and mail involving anti-socialist propaganda sent to either country from capitalist countries. Both parties also agree to exchange information on ways subversives use the post to their advantage and how each country’s officials monitor post suspected of containing ideologically injurious material.

  • October 26, 1981

    Memorandum from John Stein to the Secretaries of State and Defense and the Director of National Security, 'Current Military/Political Situation in Poland'

    Translated report discusses the growing influence of the Polish military in all facets of Polish society, and the freezing of personnel changes within the armed forces.

  • October 26, 1981

    Memorandum from John Stein to the Director of Central Intelligence, '[Redacted] Report'

    Translated report discusses the changes in the judicial and criminal procedures under martial law.

  • October 27, 1981

    Decision No. 163 of the Council of Ministers Granting Delivery of Weapons to Mozambique

  • October 27, 1981

    Antonio Rubnbi, 'Note for Comrades: Berlinguer, Pajetta, Bufalini, and the Secretariat'

    Introduced by a cover letter signed by Antonio Rubbi and dated October 27, 1981, this document is a note from Siegmund Ginzberg during his visit to China.