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1985 Jan 3 - 1985 Oct 25
Prime Ministerial Private Office files

PREM19/1647
Soviet Union (UK/Soviet relations) (Part 4)

Document type: File list item
Source: TNA, PREM19 series
Release date: 2014 Dec 30
Classification: Top Secret
Page count: 341
Any docs withheld? 26

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85 Sep 4 Wed Cold War: Charles Powell minute to MT ("HETMAN") [decisions needed for meeting - whether to press further for release of HETMAN's family, number of expulsions of Soviet officials, etc] [declassified Dec 2014]
85 Sep 4 Wed Cold War: No.10 record of conversation (MT-Howe-Armstrong-'C'-Duff) [decision not to pursue release for HETMAN's family and to expel 25 Soviet GRU agents; line to take for the press; message to Reagan] [declassified Dec 2014]
85 Sep 6 Fri Cold War: Secret Intelligence Service letter to Charles Powell ("HETMAN") [HETMAN told of MT's decision not to pursue further attempt to release his family] [declassified Dec 2014]
85 Sep 6 Fri Cold War: Secret Intelligence Service letter to Charles Powell ("HETMAN") [digest of HETMAN's most significant reporting to be passed to the French Government] [declassified Dec 2014]
85 Sep 6 Fri Cold War: Charles Powell minute to Howe PS ("HETMAN") [MT wants press statement not "to mince words" - the Russians were caught red handed in intelligence activities; reluctantly agrees to wait until 12 Spt, but with contingency plans to act sooner] [declassified Dec 2014]
85 Sep 6 Fri Cold War: Howe PS minute to Charles Powell ("HETMAN") [Soviet intelligence activities in UK, expulsions of officials, restrictions on staff] [declassified Dec 2014]
85 Sep 6 Fri Cold War: Howe PS minute to Charles Powell ("HETMAN: Timing of Action") [case for delaying action until senior minister present in London] [declassified Dec 2014]
85 Sep 7 Sat Cold War: MT message to Oleg Gordievsky (decision on Gordievsky's family) ["we had to face up to the reality of the kind of people with whom we are dealing"] [declassified Dec 2014]
85 Sep 7 Sat Cold War: Charles Powell letter to Colin McColl ('HETMAN') [MT touched by message from Gordievsky, replies to him; concern for his security and well-being] [declassified Dec 2014]
85 Sep 9 Mon Cold War: Robert Armstrong minute to Charles Powell ("HETMAN") [agreed texts on expulsions; press briefing] [declassified Dec 2014]
85 Sep 11 Wed Cold War: Robert Armstrong briefing for MT ('HETMAN') [speaking note for cabinet - timetable for expulsion of Soviet agents; announcement of Gordievsky's defection] [declassified Dec 2014]
85 Sep 11 Wed Cold War: Charles Powell note to MT ("HETMAN") [timing of actions tomorrow] [declassified Dec 2014]
85 Sep 12 Thu Cold War: UKE Moscow telegram 1163 to FCO (1340Z) ("Expulsion of Soviet Personnel from UK") [British Ambassador spoke with Suslov; read speaking note then said PM and Foreign Secretary wished recent improvement in Anglo-Soviet relations to be "improved and developed further"] [declassified Dec 2014]
85 Sep 14 Sat Cold War: UKE Moscow telegram 1172 to FCO (1430Z) ("Expulsion from Moscow") [Ambassador summoned to be told British actions "malicious and hostile"; Soviets announced further expulsions] [declassified Dec 2014]
85 Sep 14 Sat Cold War: UKE Moscow telegram 1173 to FCO (1500Z) ("Expulsion from Moscow") [list of British diplomats and press expelled] [declassified Dec 2014]
85 Sep 14 Sat Cold War: UKE Moscow telegram 1174 to FCO (1510Z) ("Expulsion from Moscow") [likely Soviet allegations concerning exfiltration of Gordievsky, best handled in London] [declassified Dec 2014]
85 Sep 14 Sat Cold War: UKE Moscow telegram 1175 to FCO (1450Z) ("Expulsions: Mr Younger's Visit") [revises view that Younger visit go ahead, given severity of Soviet retaliatory action, which will make bilateral relations difficult for some time] [declassified Dec 2014]
85 Sep 14 Sat Cold War: UKE Moscow telegram 1179 to FCO (1800Z) ("Expulsions from Moscow") [TASS statement underplaying expulsions] [declassified Dec 2014]
85 Sep 14 Sat Cold War: UKE Moscow telegram 1176 to FCO (1520Z) ("Retaliatory Soviet Expulsions from USSR") [Ambassador summoned to hear Soviet condemnation and list of 25 British representatives to be expelled] [declassified Dec 2014]
85 Sep 14 Sat Cold War: UKE Moscow telegram 1180 to FCO (1905Z) ("Retaliatory Expulsion from Moscow") [analysis of Soviet action - exceeds worst expectations, "savage scale" suggesting they have established the means by which Gordievsky reached the West, but urges ministers to "dispense with the indulgence of counter-retaliation"] [declassified Dec 2014]