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  • 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.

  • December 22, 1989

    Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Moscow to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Bucharest) (1)

    Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Moscow to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Bucharest) containing a reply by Soviet leadership through Aboimov to Romanian accusations that the Soviet Union was planning military intervention in Romania

  • December 22, 1989

    Record of Conversation with the Ambassador of the SFRY [Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia] in the USSR, Milan Veres

    Record of Conversation with the Ambassador of the SFRY [Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia] in the USSR, Milan Veres regarding the events in Timisoara and the Yugoslav evaluation of these events, as well as Yugoslav concern over the situation

  • December 22, 1989

    Romania: Situation Report

    An analysis of the deterioration of Ceausescu's regime in Romania and its effects on stability.

  • December 23, 1989

    Romania: Situation Report

    An analysis of the National Salvation Front and their decisions to reform Romania.

  • December 24, 1989

    Record of Conversation with US Ambassador to the USSR, J. Matlock

    Record of conversation with US Ambassador to the USSR, J. Matlock regarding the situation in Romania, providing humanitarian aid to Romania, the evacuation of Soviet citizens, and the non-intervention policy by the Soviet Union

  • December 28, 1989

    Albania: Resisting the Dominoes

    An analysis of the Albanian leadership's efforts to stem an upheaval like that in Romania.