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Letter from Linus Pauling to Anne Eaton. December 29, 1982.
Pauling writes to recount to Eaton the details of his recent trip to the Soviet Union.


29 December 1982

Mrs. Anne Eaton

The Last Resort

109 Columbus Drive

Islamorada, FL 33036

Dear Anne:

I have now returned from the visit to Moscow.

The celebration of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Soviet Union was a great affair. Some three thousand people attended the meetings, which were held in the Congress Hall in the Kremlin. The ceremony consisted almost entirely of speeches, the major one being by Soviet leader Yuri Andropov. There was, of course, simultaneous translation of the speeches into eight languages. I was well pleased with Andropov’s speech, except for his emphasis on the continued development of nuclear weapons and their delivery vehicles and his pledge to keep even with the United States in destructive power. He made several proposals about a nuclear freeze and a decrease in militarism with the condition that the United States agree.

I was able to speak over Moscow radio and Moscow TV, and to develop the idea that the two nations should take unilateral actions in the direction of decreased militarism, instead of insisting on detailed treaties. I have no heard anything about the response to my radio and television statements.



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