Mikoyan’s “Mission Impossible” in Cuba: New Soviet Evidence on the Cuban Missile Crisis

27 October, 2012 — National Security Archive

Edited by Svetlana Savranskaya, Anna Melyakova and Amanda Conrad

Washington, D.C., October 27, 2012 — The Cuban Missile Crisis continued long after the “13 days” celebrated by U.S. media, with U.S. armed forces still on DEFCON 2 and Soviet tactical nuclear weapons still in Cuba, according to new documents posted today by the National Security Archive (www.nsarchive.org) from the personal archive of the late Sergo Mikoyan. This is the second installment from the Mikoyan archive donated to the National Security Archive and featured in the new book, The Soviet Cuban Missile Crisis.

These documents, which give one an insight into Soviet thinking and decision making at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis are supplemented with transcripts of extraordinary interviews with key Soviet political and military figures, all of whom have passed away. These interviews were generously provided to the National Security Archive by our long-time partner, Sherry Jones of Washington Media Associates. Sherry, a five-time Emmy Award winner, conducted these interviews in the summer of 1992 for the groundbreaking documentary “Cuban Missile Crisis: What the World Didn’t Know,” produced by Sherry Jones for Peter Jennings Reporting, ABC News (Washington Media Associates, 1992).

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