31 January 1938*, Pb 57/48

Dealing with “Anti-Soviet Elements”. Politburo accepts NKVD request to increase quotas for 1st category arrests (executions) and 2nd category arrests in 22 Republics and Regions across the USSR (2 pp). [R 31 January 1938, Pb 57-48]

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Pb 57/48

[?31 January] 1938

To Comrade Yezhov, all pages;
[individually] to the relevant Regional and
National Committees of Communist Parties

Abstract from the Minutes of meeting No 57 of the Politburo
of the VKP (b) Central Committee


 Resolution of 31 January 1938

48. Concerning Anti-Soviet elements

1. Adopt the proposal of the USSR NKVD to confirm additional acts of repression [1] against former kulaks, criminals and active anti-Soviet elements for the following Regions and Republics:

  1. Armenian SSR — 1,000 persons – 1st category & 1,000 – 2nd category
  2. Belorussian SSR — 1,500 – in 1st category [1]
  3. Ukrainian SSR — 6,000 – in 1st category [1]
  4. Georgian SSR — 1,500 – in 1st category
  5. Azerbaijani SSR — 2,000 – 1st category
  6. Turkmen SSR — 1,000 – 1st category
  7. Kirgiz SSR — 500 – 1st category
  8. Tadjik SSR — 1,000 – 1st category & 500 – 2nd category
  9. Uzbek SSR — 2,000 – 1st category & 500 – 2nd category
  10. Far East Region — 8,000 – 1st category & 2,000 – 2nd category
  11. Chita Region — 1,500 – 1st category & 500 – 2nd category
  12. Buryat-Mongol Region — 500 – 1st category
  13. Irkutsk Region — 3,000 – 1st category & 500 – 2nd category
  14. Krasnoyarsk Region — 1,500 – 1st category & 500 – 2nd category
  15. Novosibirsk Region — 1,000 – 1st category
  16. Omsk Region — 3,000 – 1st category [1]
  17. Altai Region — 2,000 – 1st category & 1,000 – 2nd category
  18. Leningrad Region — 3,000 – 1st category
  19. Karelian ASSR — 500 – 1st category & 200 – 2nd category
  20. Kalinin Region — 1,500 – 1st category & 500 – 2nd category
  21. Moscow Region — 1,000 – 1st category
  22. Sverdlovsk Region — 2,000 – 1st category

(see next page)

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Continued

Item No. [48] of [57th] meeting of the Politburo, dated [31 January] 19 [38]

RESOLVED

2. Propose that the USSR NKVD to carry out the entire operation, but that the above-mentioned Regions and Republics complete no later than 15 March 1938, and the Far Eastern Region no later than 1 April 1938.

3. In accordance with this Resolution prolong the work of troikas [2] examining the cases of former kulaks, criminals and anti-Soviet elements in the Regions and Republics listed in item 1.

In all other Regions and Republics the work of the troikas will end no later than 15 February 1938, having finished and examined all cases within the quotas established for these Regions and Republics.

CENTRAL COMMITTEE SECRETARY

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NOTES
[1] Subsequently, the NKVD in the Republics, or the local Party bosses, would ask for yet further increases in their quotas, as other documents in this archive show — in the Gorky Region, in Ukraine, the Omsk Region and Belorussia. See, for example, 4 February 1938* (No 95/111), 17 February 1938* (Pb 58/57), 10 May 1938 (Pb 61) and 17 July 1938.
[2] The troika was a local extra-judicial, three-man tribunal (with representatives, typically, from the Party, the NKVD and the Procurator’s Office) that rubber-stamped lists of those already condemned to imprisonment or execution.
General
1. Notes and additions by translator and editor are bracketed, thus [ ];
2. Text added by hand is indicated in italic script;
3. when a handwritten phrase, figure or word has been inserted
in a previously typed document it is indicated by underlined italic script.
Translation, John Crowfoot

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Alternative sources (1968-1992)

The 63 published issues of the CHRONICLE OF CURRENT EVENTS (1968-1983) can all be accessed in English translation.

The Russian original ХРОНИКА ТЕКУЩИХ СОБЫТИЙ is also available online; as is most of the Munich-based ВЕСТИ ИЗ СССР (1978-1992), which was translated into English as USSR News Brief.

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29 December 1980*, Pb 230/34

Politburo decision. Financial assistance in 1981 (US $) to Communist Parties and movements (USA, 2 million; France, 2 million; Finland, 1.4 million; Portugal, 700,000), in total 57 recipients (5 pp). [R 1980, 29 December]

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[Text in top left hand corner of page]
Must be returned within three days
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COMMUNIST PARTY OF THE SOVIET UNION. CENTRAL COMMITTEE

TOP SECRET
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No. Pb 230 / 34

To Comrades Andropov and Ponomarev

Excerpt from Minutes No. 230, the Central Committee Politburo meeting
on 29 December 1980

A request from the International Department of the CPSU Central Committee

1. Provide financial aid in 1981 to:

  • The US Communist Party2,000,000 dollars
  • The French Communist Party2,000,000 dollars
  • The Finnish Communist Party1,400,000 dollars
  • The Portuguese Communist Party – 700,000 dollars
  • The Greek Communist Party – 700,000 dollars
  • The Chilean Communist Party500,000 dollars
  • The Indian Communist Party500,000 dollars
  • The Venezuelan Communist Party400,000 dollars
  • The Israeli Communist Party400,000 dollars
  • The Lebanese Communist Party – 400,000 dollars
  • The Danish Communist Party – 350,000 dollars
  • The People’s Party of Iran – 300,000 dollars
  • The Peruvian Communist Party – 300,000 dollars
  • The Swiss Labour Party – 300,000 dollars
  • The Progressive Party of Cyprus (AKEL) – 300,000 dollars
  • The Iraqi Communist Party – 300,000 dollars
  • The Colombian Communist Party – 260,000 dollars
  • The Austrian Communist Party – 250,000 dollars
  • The Syrian Communist Party – 250,000 dollars
  • The Uruguayan Communist Party – 250,000 dollars

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  • The Luxemburg Communist Party – 200,000 dollars
  • The El Salvador Communist Party – 200,000 dollars
  • The Costa-Rican Party of the People’s Vanguard – 200,000 dollars
  • The Egyptian Communist Party – 200,000 dollars
  • The Canadian Communist Party200,000 dollars
  • The Guatemalan Labour Party150,000 dollars
  • The Dominican Communist Party150,000 dollars
  • The People’s Party of Panama – 120,000 dollars
  • The Honduras Communist Party120,000 dollars
  • The Sri Lankan Communist Party120,000 dollars
  • The Moroccan Party of Progress and Socialism – 100,000 dollars
  • The Swedish Communist-Workers’ Party – 100,000 dollars
  • The African National Congress (South Africa) – 100,000 dollars
  • The South-West African People’s Organisation (SWAPO) – 100,000 dollars
  • The Problems of Peace and Socialism periodical – 100,000 dollars
  • The Paraguayan Communist Party – 100,000 dollars
  • The Socialist Workers’ Party, Nigeria – 90,000 dollars
  • The Madagascan Congress of Independence – 90,000 dollars
  • The Socialist Party of Australia – 75,000 dollars
  • The Party of the Socialist Vanguard, Algeria – 75,000 dollars
  • The National People’s Party of Bangladesh – 60,000 dollars
  • The Bangladesh Communist Party – 50,000 dollars
  • The Martinique Communist Party50,000 dollars
  • The Irish Communist Party – 50,000 dollars
  • The Jordanian Communist Party – 50,000 dollars
  • The Norwegian Communist Party – 50,000 dollars

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  • The Turkish Communist Party – 50,000 dollars
  • The Chilean Socialist Party – 50,000 dollars
  • The Workers’ Party of Jamaica – 50,000 dollars
  • The Chilean Workers’ and Peasants’ Party (MAPU) – 40,000 dollars
  • The Maltese Communist Party – 40,000 dollars
  • The San Marino Communist Party – 40,000 dollars
  • the Guadaloupe Communist Party – 35,000 dollars
  • The Association of Egyptian Patriots Abroad – 30,000 dollars
  • The Tunisian Communist Party – 20,000 dollars
  • The Saudi Arabian Communist Party – 20,000 dollars
  • The Lesotho Communist Party – 10,000 dollars

2. Transfer of these funds is entrusted to the KGB.

SECRETARY OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE

[pages four and five are an Order issued by the USSR Council of Ministers in response to a request from Frelimo (the Front for the Liberation of Mozambique)]

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NOTES
Comparison with a similar list compiled 12 years earlier (8 January 1969*, Pb 111/162) shows more recipients, a change in their ranking (e.g. Finland), and the disappearance of some.
In 1969, for instance, two Italian political parties were to receive at least 4-5 million dollars. A document from 1983 shows that direct subsidies to the PCI had been replaced by indirect subventions under the guise of trade.
General
1. Notes by translator and editor are bracketed, thus [ ];
2. text written by hand is indicated in italic script;
3. when a handwritten phrase, figure or word has been inserted
in a previously typed document this is indicated by underlined italic script.
Translation, John Crowfoot

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31 December 1938* (no number)

Stalin’s written permission for the Krasnoyarsk Region (Siberia) to carry out several thousand additional “1st category arrests” (executions). The instruction was written in pencil on a small, plain slip of paper.  [R 31 December 1938]

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Permit Krasnoyarsk Region

6,600 additional ‘1st category’ arrests.

For

Stalin, I.V.

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NOTES
General
1. Notes and additions by translator and editor are bracketed, thus [ ];
2. Text added by hand is indicated in italic script;
3. when a handwritten phrase, figure or word has been inserted
in a previously typed document it is indicated by underlined italic script.
Translation, John Crowfoot

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