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DFAT Years: Yakutsk May1985 - Road of Bones

In May 1985, Ted Pocock, the Australian Ambassador to the Soviet Union, and I visited Yakutia. Our visit was the first-ever allowed to any western diplomats since 1944.  Gorbachev had taken over as the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in February. Provinces from Khabarovsk to Yakutia were 'loosening'. Yakutia has huge diamond deposits. Hence our interest in visit...

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  1. Avinash Saxena

    Very informative article, specially "The Road of Bones." One is surprised that so many people still admire Stalin, perhaps they don't know about the Katyn massacre in which so many of the Polish intelligentsia were massacred in cold blood.