“The Importance of Preserving the Observation Post of the Socialist Countries...”: the History of the Closing of the Consulate of Czechoslovakia in South Africa in 1963
“The Importance of Preserving the Observation Post of the Socialist Countries...”: the History of the Closing of the Consulate of Czechoslovakia in South Africa in 1963
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PII
S207987840002288-5-1
DOI
10.18254/S0002288-5-1
Publication type
Article
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Published
Authors
Alexander Voevodskiy 
Affiliation: Higher School of Economics
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow
Abstract
The publication of the documents of the Foreign Policy Archive of the Russian Federation is devoted to the history of closure of the consulate of Czechoslovakia in South Africa in 1963. These documents reflect the interactions between the USSR and its Eastern European ally related to politics in Africa. They demonstrate what sources of information on the situation in South Africa the USSR has possessed in the early 1960s. After 1956, when the Soviet consulate in Pretoria has been closed, Moscow did not have any direct contacts with South Africa any more. Therefore, any additional sources of information on the situation in South Africa were of particular importance. The documents reveal that the issue of the consulate closure was decided at the highest level of the Soviet party system. This episode characterizes the complexity of relations of the Cold War period, both between irreconcilable rivals, within the socialist camp itself and its allies.
Keywords
South Africa, Czechoslovakia-South African relations, Soviet Foreign Policy
Received
28.01.2018
Publication date
30.06.2018
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