National Security Archive Update, May 25, 2010: THE DIARY OF ANATOLY CHERNYAEV, 1990

Fifth Installment of Former Top Soviet Adviser’s Journal Available in English for First Time

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Washington, DC, May 25, 2010 – Today the National Security Archive publishes its fifth installment of the diary of Anatoly Chernyaev, the man behind some of the most momentous transformations in Soviet foreign policy at the end of the 1980s in his role as Mikhail Gorbachev’s chief foreign policy aide.

In addition to his contributions to perestroika and new thinking, Anatoly Sergeevich Chernyaev was and remains a strong proponent of openness and transparency, providing his diaries and notes to historians trying to understand the end of the Cold War. This section of the diary, covering 1990—a tragic year, according to Chernyaev—is published today in English for the first time.

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