Russian Defense Ministry declassifies Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact archives
The materials suggest previously unknown reasons for signing the pact.
The Russian Ministry of Defense has declassified documents on the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact honoring the 80th anniversary of its signing. The photos are available on the website of the department.
“The materials published for the first time reveal unknown details of world military policy just before the war. The documents in this section are not presented in chronological order, but instead, they are given in an order that would allow readers to get the most complete picture of the events of those years from the very first lines,” the Defense and Information Department said in a statement.
Among the materials are cipher telegrams that Lev Mehlis, the head of Red Army’s main political department, sent to the USSR leadership from various cities of western Ukraine. In addition, the Ministry of Defense published a memo from Boris Shaposhnikov, the chief of the Red Army General Staff, to USSR People's Commissar of Defense of March 24, 1938. The materials suggest previously unknown reasons for signing the pact.