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  • December 16, 1989

    Bulgaria: Talks with Opposition Announced

    An analysis of Communist leaders' decision to host roundtable talks with dissident groups.

  • December 16, 1989

    USSR: Nationalists Gain in Latvian Elections

    An analysis of Popular Front success in Latvian elections.

  • December 18, 1989

    Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Moscow to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Bucharest)

    Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Moscow to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Bucharest) regarding the issuing of visas for Romania to Soviet citizens, particularly to Soviet Jews who have permission to emigrate to Israel, and asking whether to issue visas to Romanians who live in the Soviet Union for vacation purposes

  • December 18, 1989

    Letter by People’s Representative and Candidate BCP CC Politburo Member Andrey Lukanov to Stanko Todorov, Chairman of the People’s Assembly

    Letter by People’s Representative and Candidate BCP CC Politburo Member Andrey Lukanov to Stanko Todorov, Chairman of the People’s Assembly countering Doynov’s statements concerning him

  • December 19, 1989

    Romania: Antiregime Protests

    An analysis of the Timisoara and Arad protests and their effect on Ceausescu's rule.

  • December 19, 1989

    Romania: Hungarians Outraged, Soviets Quiet So Far

    An analysis of the Hungarian National Assembly's condemnation of Romania's efforts to crush dissent.An analysis of the Hungarian National Assembly's condemnation of Romania's efforts to crush dissent.

  • December 19, 1989

    National Intelligence Daily for Tuesday, 19 December 1989

    The CIA’s National Intelligence Daily for Tuesday, 19 December 1989 describes the latest developments in USSR, Western Europe, Taiwan and the UK.

  • December 20, 1989

    Letter from Shevardnadze to Gorbachev

    Letter from Shevardnadze to Gorbachev discussing the events in Romania and the limitation to news sources, primarily from the West, of information regarding these events

  • December 20, 1989

    Romania: Unrest Spreading

    An analysis of escalating demonstrations in Romania and their threat to Ceausescu's rule.

  • December 21, 1989

    Draft CPSU CC Decree Concerning the Complete Withdrawal of Soviet Troops from Mongolia

    A draft decree attached to the Central Committee's report on the withdrawal of Soviet military forces from Mongolia.

  • December 21, 1989

    Romania: Ceausescu Faces the Nation

    An analysis of Ceausescu's public recognition of the demonstrations.

  • December 21, 1989

    USSR: Lithuanian Party Declares Independence

    An analysis of the Lithuanian Party's declaration of independence from the Soviet Communist Party.An analysis of the Lithuanian Party's declaration of independence from the Soviet Communist Party.

  • December 21, 1989

    Memorandum of Conversation with the Ambassador of the SRR [Socialist Republic of Romania] in the USSR, I. Bucur

    Memorandum of conversation with the Ambassador of the SRR [Socialist Republic of Romania] in the USSR, I. Bucur regarding the events in Timisoara, expressing confusion about comments by Romanian officials concerning planned intervention by the Soviet Union

  • December 21, 1989

    Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Moscow to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Moscow to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding Romanian disapproval with Soviet mass media portrayal of events in Timisoara

  • December 21, 1989

    Information Note from the Romanian Embassy in Moscow to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Note from the Romanian Embassy in Moscow to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding a discussion with the Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister concerning events in Timisoara and Ceausescu’s disapproval with Soviet official declarations concerning the events

  • December 21, 1989

    Report Concerning the Complete Withdrawal of Soviet Troops from Mongolia

    This report states that the Mongolian authorities requested that Soviet troops be withdrawn following the 1989 Sino-Soviet summit and rapprochement. The writers included a draft decree ordering the removal of troops by July of 1991.

  • December 21, 1989

    Informational Note from the Romanian Embassy in Moscow to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Bucharest)

    Informational Note from the Romanian Embassy in Moscow to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Bucharest) regarding requests by Soviets for more information on the situation in Romania due to various press reports

  • December 22, 1989

    Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Moscow to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Bucharest) (2)

    Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Moscow to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Bucharest) regarding discussions with Soviets concerning the events in Eastern Europe and the backlash against the old regimes

  • December 22, 1989

    East Germany: Modrow Against the Tide

    An analysis of Premier Modrow's efforts to rally support for the continued independence of East Germany.

  • December 22, 1989

    Johann Plattner, Austrian Foreign Ministry, 'Visit of [Mock] to Great Britain (19–21 December 1989); Meeting of Envoy Plattner with Department Head Synnott'

    The report relays a meeting between Austrian and British foreign ministry officers concerning potential German reunification. It elaborates that both countries are concerned about reunification pushed for by protest movements and happening outside European peace negotiations - potentially compromising USSR Security.