Cuban Missile Crisis, Document 23

27 October 1962 / Directive from the Presidium of the CPSU Central Committee in response to PAVLOV’s enciphered cable

Communist Party of the Soviet Union CENTRAL COMMITTEE

TOP SECRET

No. P62/P

To Comrades Khrushchev, Malinovskiy

Extract from record No. 62 of the meeting of the Presidium of the TsK KPSS

from 27 October 1962

Telegram from Comrade Pavlov from Havana dated 26 October 1962 No. 8/156.

            Approve the recommendation put forward in the telegram by Comrade Pavlov dated 26 October 1962 No. 8/156.

SECRETARY OF THE TsK

———————————-[ page break]————————————–

TOP SECRET

(when filled in)

INCOMING TELEGRAM No. 109366/sh

From Trostnik             Sent 26.10.62 21.50                Received 27.10.62 09.23

Received at the 8th Directorate of the General Staff           27.10.62 09.25

TO THE DIRECTOR

            According to available information, US intelligence agencies have established a number of locations of Comrade STATsENKO’s installations. The US Strategic Air Command has issued an order for the full combat readiness of all of its strategic air formations.

            According to our Cuban comrades, a US air strike against our installations in Cuba can be expected the night of 27-27 October 1962 or at first light on 27 October.

            Fidel CASTRO has made the decision for anti-aircraft artillery to shoot down American combat aircraft in the event they invade Cuba.

            I have taken measures to disperse equipment within the boundaries of the OPR [primary missile deployment areas] and step up camouflage efforts.

            In the event of American air strikes against our facilities, the decision has been made to employ all available PVO [air defense] assets.

PAVLOV

                        26.10.62

———————————-[ page break]————————————–

TOP SECRET

(when filled in)

OUTGOING TELEGRAM No. 20011

                                                                        Most Urgent

                        TROSTNIK      –            

to Comrade PAVLOV

Re: No. 8/156

                        Your decision is approved.

DIRECTOR

                           No. 76637sh

                        27 October 1962

                                12.00

Translator Note: TROSTNIK was the pseudonym used by Minister of Defense Malinovskiy, and PAVLOV was that used by Commander of the Group of Soviet Forces in Cuba Pliyev.

Published by misterestes

Professional RU-EN translator with a love for books and movies, old and new, and a passion for translating declassified documents. Call me Doc. Nobody else does.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: