Reference FO 371/188902
Title Northern (N): Soviet Union (NS). Internal Political Situation
Former Foreign Office Reference File 1015 (pp 113 to end)
The National Archives Closure Status File was closed for 30 years after creation, under the Public Records Act 1958.
Themes Domestic Politics, Economics and Trade
Document Types Correspondence, Memoranda, Press and Media, Reports
Subject Countries Soviet Union
Countries Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, France, Georgia, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kirghizstan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam, West Germany, Yugoslavia
People Adam Rapacki, Aleksei Kosygin, Andrei Grechko, Antonín Novotný, Boris Ponomarev, Howard Smith, Jack Ward, János Kádár, Josef Stalin, Jozef Lenárt, Leonid Brezhnev, Matvei Zakharov, Mikhail Solomentsev, Mikhail Suslov, Nikita Khrushchev, Nikolai Podgornyi, Rodion Malinovskii, U Thant, Vladimir Kirillin, Walter Ulbricht, Władysław Gomułka
Key Events Announcement of significant reforms to the Soviet economy, Twenty-Third Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Notes Documents or parts of documents in this file were retained under Section 3(4) of the Public Records Act 1958.
The following item has been removed from this file due to copyright restrictions:
Sovetskoye Gosudarstvo i Pravo, 1966, Questions of the organisation of the work of the USSR Supreme Soviet at the Present Stage.
Article(s) from Pravda © Pravda.


A file containing documents concerning Soviet politics. Subjects covered in the file include meetings of the newly elected Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union; the progress of Soviet economic reforms; concerns about inflation; and delays in the production of the latest five-year plan. Other matters considered include Stalin's place in Soviet history; Soviet statements on relations with China; a mass youth rally held in Moscow to encourage young people to support communism; and American papers discussing the Soviet leadership contenders, disagreement within the Soviet leadership, and Soviet internal and external policies. Other matters discussed include the appointment of the new Soviet Minister for the Preservation of Public Order; an article in Pravda considering "evolutionary and revolutionary forms of the development of society"; and a further debate in the Soviet press about military doctrine, the use of nuclear weapons, and the possibility of winning a nuclear war.


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