Academician Alexandr Oganovich Chubarian (Russian Academy of Sciences)
Professor Arne Westad (Harvard)
Professor Vladimir Olegovich Pechatnov (MGIMO)
Dr Svetozar Rajak (LSE)
Origins of the project
The relationship between the UK and the Soviet Union was one of the key political and military relationships of World War II and the Cold War that followed it. Through the wartime alliance between the two powers it defined the outcome of the war against Germany and helped secure the defeat of the Nazi regime. But it also contributed to the increasing dissonance in the wider alliance and the tension that broke it apart. It is therefore very hard to understand both the results of World War II and the origins of the Cold War without studying the British-Soviet relationship in depth.
In 2004 Academician Alexander Fursenko of the Russian Academy of Sciences initiated a project to document British–Soviet relations during the Cold War. The British Academy, to which he turned for assistance on the UK side, asked Professor Arne Westad, then of the LSE, to help with putting together a team that could work on these materials in London. With the sad passing of Academician Fursenko in 2008, the project was held back for some time, until the prominent Russian historian Academician Alexandr Chubarian, also of the Russian Academy, came to spearhead it.
With the assistance of dedicated teams in Moscow and London the part of the project covering 1943-1953 has now been completed.
Staff and thanks
In Moscow, Professor Vladimir Pechatnov served as executive editor in charge of the Russian editorial group. The editorial work for 1944-1946 has been done by Dr. Iskander Magadeev and Professor Vladimir Pechatnov (MGIMO), for 1947-1953 by Professor Mikhail Lipkin and Research Fellow Stepan Eliseev (Institute of General History, Russian Academy of Sciences).
In London, Dr. Svetozar Rajak (LSE) served as executive editor of the British editorial group, and supervised and coordinated work on the final editing and preparation of material for web presentation. A number of young LSE scholars and staff contributed to the work of the British editorial group, namely Dr Vladimir Dobrenko, Dr Natasha Telepneva, Joseph Barnsley, Molly Avery, Ingrid Hampe, Jacqueline Ly, Jay Pan, Marta Kozielska and Indira Endaya.
We should like to thank Professor Natalya Kapitonova (MGIMO) and Dr. Artemy Kalinovsky (formerly with LSE, now at the University of Amsterdam) for their help in selecting and analysing documents. We should also like to express our gratitude to the staff of the Foreign Policy Archive of the Russian Federation, of the Presidential Archive and the Russian State Archive of Social and Political History for their assistance in identifying and making available documents in their charge. Special thanks are due to the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Siberian Coal and Energy Company for their financial support of the project.
On the British side, we would like to thank Philip Lewis and Natasha Bevan from the British Academy, without whom this project would not have been completed; the Director of LSE IDEAS, Professor Michael Cox and all the staff of LSE IDEAS, Professor Patrick Salmon, Chief Historian at the FCO, and The National Archives in London for their assistance and support.