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).