The Big Five: Arms Control Decision-Making in the Soviet Union

By Aleksandr' G. Savel'Yev; Nikolay N. Detinov et al. | Go to book overview
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then- GeneralNikolay V. Ogarkov, First Deputy Chief of the General Staff, was clearly the premier figure. He was assisted by General Boychuk--First Deputy Chief of GOU--and the officers of his administration.

Once the Soviet Delegation arrived at Helsinki, it began sending back very detailed reports on the progress of the talks, reports that were actually transcripts of the bilateral meetings, reports that were sent to the Central Committee, the Council of Ministers, the Foreign and Defense Ministries, and the KGB, where they were carefully examined and analyzed. These reports, then, formed the basis upon which proposals and recommendations were made. Soon it became clear that the viewpoints of the various agencies had to be coordinated and harmonized to work out an integrated and coherent Soviet Government position on specific issues. For that purpose the Politburo approved a recommendation at the end of 1969 to form what it named the Commission of the Central Committee of the Politburo for the Supervision of the Negotiations on Strategic Arms Limitations in Helsinki (Komissiya Politbyuro TsK KPSS po nablyudeniyu za peregovorami, svyazannymi s ogranicheniyem strategicheskikh vooruzheniy v Helsinki).


NOTES
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According to statements some former Soviet sources, for example, the SS-19/RS-18 suffered from severe longitudinal vibrations which would affect its accuracy. This may have been true, or it may have been propaganda circulated by Yangel supporters. U.S. Ed.
2.
The "term of art" was zapiski, which in this case does not translate readily but is closest to "reports" or "memoranda." U.S. Ed.

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