Coherent Identifier 20.500.12592/wqrzb6

Northern (N): Soviet Union (NS). Weekly Round-Up of Miscellaneous News from HM Embassy




A file of weekly letters from the British embassy in Moscow concerning developments in the Soviet Union between January and mid-December 1964. The documents discuss the fall of Nikita Khrushchev, the former Soviet leader; the rise of Leonid Brezhnev, the new First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union; and the question of which other senior Soviet politicians will support Brezhnev's leadership. The documents also cover recent religious, social, and cultural developments in the Soviet Union; the Soviet government's acquiescence in the publication of a number of previously banned texts; a campaign launched in the Soviet press encouraging the Soviet public to consume less alcohol; and recent developments in Soviet public opinion, including translations of a number of jokes about the Soviet leadership, particularly Khrushchev, that spread amongst the Soviet public. Other documents comment on recent developments in Soviet agriculture.

Collection ID
United States of America
Department Reference
File 1013
Document Type
File Reference
FO 371/177663
Key Events
Replacement of Nikita Khrushchev by Leonid Brezhnev as General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Persons Discussed
Anastas Mikoyan
Frol Kozlov
Kliment Voroshilov
Konstantin Rokossovskii
Leonid Brezhnev
Mikhail Suslov
Nikita Khrushchev
Nikolai Bulganin
Patriarch Alexii I
Rodion Malinovskii
Trofim Lysenko
Subject Countries
Soviet Union
Domestic Politics
Media and Culture
Published in
United Kingdom


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