Reference FO 371/152024
Title Northern (N): Soviet Union (NS). Intelligence and Internal Security
Former Foreign Office Reference Code NS file 1691
The National Archives Closure Status File was closed for 30 years after creation, under the Public Records Act 1958.
Themes Secret Intelligence and Espionage
Document Types Correspondence, Reports, Press and Media
Subject Countries Soviet Union
Countries United States of America
Key Events U-2 incident
Notes The following articles have been removed from this file due to copyright restrictions: The New York Times, 22 August 1960, Propaganda Drive: Moscow Tells Its People To Be Wary of Contacts with Americans; The Times, 23 August 1960, Russia Expels 3 U.S. Tourists.
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A file of correspondence and reports concerning espionage in the Soviet Union. Subjects covered in the file include a vigilance campaign in the Soviet press, with numerous articles warning about the dangers of American and Western agencies operating under the guise of diplomats, tourists, students, visiting scientists, and businessmen. Further correspondence discusses a wave of vigilance propaganda resulting from the shooting down of a U-2 spy plane; warnings to Soviet citizens against the ideological effects of foreign contact; and the implications of the expulsion of three American tourists and the American air attaché. The file also includes a Radio Propaganda report titled "Soviet press steps up appeals for vigilance"; and a request from the British embassy in Moscow for two Joint Intelligence Bureau reports on Soviet industry.


American intelligence agencies, American-Soviet relations, attachés, business, diplomatic expulsions, diplomatic officials, espionage, industry, intelligence sharing, national security, New York Times, propaganda, scientists, Soviet press, students, The Times, tourism

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