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The Soviet-Romanian Clash over History, Identity and Dominion

This is a collection of documents by historian Larry Watts, who translated several documents from the Moldovan archives from 1977-1980.
These documents were originally published on the Web site of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, together with a detailed introduction by the author.
Larry Watts’ work sheds new light on Moscow’s view of the variety and importance of Soviet-Romanian differences during 1977-1980. The documents address a number of issues related to the difficult relationship between Soviet and Romanian leaderships, including their frequent clashes of interests and Romania’s position within the communist bloc


The documents translated by Larry Watts are:

  1. Summary of the Meeting and Negotiations held by L. I. Brezhnev with N. Ceausescu in Crimeea, on 5 August 1977
  2. Exposition of the Conversations with Cde. V. I. Potapov, Chief of the Romanian Sector of the CPSU CC (27 June 1978)
  3. Conspect of Conversations with V. I. Potapov, Chief of Romanian Sector of CPSU CC Section (27 October 1978)
  4. Conspect of Conversations with Cde. V. I. Potapov, Head of the Romania Sector of the CPSU CC Section (16 May 1979)
  5. Information Regarding the Meeting and Conversation in the Crimea of L. I. Brezhnev with N. Ceausescu, on 1 August 1979
  6. CC of Communist Party of Moldavia Information and Relations with Foreign Countries Section
  7. Record of Conversation with V. Cazacu, Member of the RCP CC Political Executive Committee. 12 March 1980

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