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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Vitalii Leonidovich Kataev Papers
    Dates: 1966-1999
    Collection number: 2002C48
    Creator: Kataev, Vitalii Leonidovich, 1932-
    Collection Size: 20 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize folder (8 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Papers of the Russian engineer, Soviet defense industry official, and adviser to President Mikhail Gorbachev include reports, memoranda, correspondence, diaries, notes, meeting and conference materials, electronic documents and sound recordings, relating to Soviet military policy, the Soviet defense industry, Soviet nuclear weapons, and Soviet participation in arms limitation negotiations.
    Physical location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: Russian

    Administrative Information


    Box 15 closed. Use copies available.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Vitalii Leonidovich Kataev papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives

    Acquisition Information

    Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2002


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in Socrates is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biography Note

    1932 October 29 Born, Perm, Russia
    1956 Graduated from the Kazan Aviation Institute, Russia
    1956-1960 Aviation system designer, senior engineer - Ministry of aviation industry, Omsk aviation factory, Russia
    1960-1974 Senior Engineer Group, leading designer – specialist on engine system of missiles (strategic missile complexes SS-7, SS-9, SS-17, SS-24, and space complex "Interkosmos"), Ukraine, Dnepropetrovsk Southern Factory, Ministry of General Engineering
    1974-1990 CPSU Central Committee, Department of Defense Industry Production. Instructor, head of sector, deputy head of department-curator for creation and production of strategic submarine-launched missile complexes (SS-H-17, SS-H-18, SS-H-20, SS-H-23), Moscow, Russia
    1974-1990 Organizer and member of the interdepartmental working group ("Five")
    1974-1990 Initiator of international joint experiments to demonstrate the technology of liquidating medium-range missiles
    1974-1990 Participated in underground tests of nuclear weapons to detect elements of control
    1974-1990 Demonstrated options for eliminating armored vehicles according to the OBSE plan
    1974-1990 Demonstrated to the international group of specialists the presence of nuclear cruise missiles on a military ship without the inspection group being present on the ship (air control)
    1974-1990 Organizer of mutual demonstration of the military equipment of strategic missiles of the USSR and the USA and the dimension criteria of strategic missiles under inspection control agreement
    1974-1990 Took part in international negotiations to create of security, technical, and political directives to the Soviet delegations negotiating questions of reducing armaments and military security and eliminating medium- and long-range missiles
    1974-1990 Took part in reducing strategic offensive weapons, conventional forces in Europe, and space weapons and eliminating chemical weapons, prohibiting bacteriological (biological) weapons
    1974-1990 Worked on reducing the testing of underground nuclear weapons
    1974-1990 Worked on the nonproliferation of missiles and missile technology imposing "open skies" and "open land" regimes and preventing dangerous military activities
    1974-1990 Studied the mutual reduction of armed forces and strengthening trust in the military on the Soviet-Chinese border and military and technical cooperation with foreign countries
    1990-1992 Deputy head of the department for state defense and security, part of the apparatus of the president of the USSR
    1992 First deputy to the chief of the state council of the Russian Federation for converting military industry; prepared material for establishing a security council
    1992 Director-general, Business Center, military-industrial complex
    1997-2001 Research fellow, Institute of Mechanical Engineering, Russian Academy of Science, Moscow. Held copyrights and patents on classified subjects
    2001 September Died, Moscow

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection documents the activities of Vitalii Kataev, who worked as deputy head of Defense and Security in the Staff on the President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev. Vitalii Kataev took a direct part in negotiations on the reduction and limitation of strategic offensive weapons, conventional armed forces in Europe, space weapons, and the destruction of chemical weapons. He also worked on limiting underground testing of nuclear weapons, the non-proliferation of missiles and missile technology; on the prevention of dangerous military activities, on the mutual reduction of armed forces on the Soviet-Chinese border, as well as other defense topics. He covered military and technical cooperation with foreign countries, particularly the supply of arms and military equipment. Vitalii Kataev was also an aviation systems designer, Chief designer of projects for strategic ground-based missile complexes and sea-based strategic missile.
    Series comprise documents from the period of the cold war and early post-cold war period; computer discs with working materials from the cold war period and new technology draft projects; and audio cassettes of interviews of participants in the cold war from the Soviet military industrial complex (VPK).
    Documents from the period of the cold war and early post-cold war period include materials for the review of problems in USSR military policy, for the preparation of CPSU Central Committee resolutions on military-political issues, issues in Soviet-American relations, and problems of national security and stability of relations.
    Collection contains retrospective (beginning from the 1960s) and organizational documents regarding the structure of the higher units of analytical work and preparation of reports regarding military-political problems, directives to Soviet delegations involved in negotiations with the West (excluding the withdrawal of troops from Warsaw Pact countries), as well as regarding the more important problems in the work of the Interdepartmental Working Group – Piaterka (Group of Five) and of the Commission of the Politburo – the higher or Big Piaterka.
    Papers include scientific-technical, military-technical and military-political materials for delegations negotiating for the liquidation of intermediate range missiles (INF negotiations), limiting and reducing strategic missiles, space weapons and SDI/ABM, "Open Skies," non-proliferation of missiles and missile technology, the cessation of nuclear testing. Collection contains extensive material on the liquidation of chemical and biological weapons, the reduction of conventional arms and armed forces in Europe (CFE), armed forces along the Soviet-Chinese border. There are also documents on confidence-building measures and open territories, summit meetings, and military-technical cooperation with Warsaw Pact countries and other countries, and materials which characterize the relationship between individual military political leaders of the USSR and these issues.
    Diaries beginning from 1974 include notes of the author made during work in the CPSU Central Committee Defense Industry Department, in the apparat of the Defense and Security Department of the USSR President (Gorbachev), and as a state advisor of the Russian Federation on conversion.
    Diaries include the analysis of technical and organizational problems, descriptions of types of technology, and tables indicating test results. They also contain transcripts of local meetings on technology, of the Head Constructors Councils, of the leadership of the IUzhnoe defense plant in Dnepropetrovsk, and of the CPSU Central Committee and other organs.
    Notes on Electronic Documents
    The 637 digital files acquired with this collection are primarily in Russian, although some files are in English. A list of the contents of the digital files on each computer disk came with the collection and is provided below, along with a list of the files on each disk. While there is no information linking the descriptive information to specific digital files, but the file names may be helpful in identifyign the content of the digital files. The descriptions have not been verified by the Hoover Archives, and no other information about the files is available.
    During processing of the original files, most were individually opened by Hoover Archives staff in Microsoft Word as 866 DOS Cyrillic, converted to RTF, and then batch converted to PDF; a prefix of "2002c48_disk0X_" was also added to the PDF filenames. A few files were opened in other programs, such as Microsoft Excel, a text editor, or HTML because they displayed better in those applications, and then saved as PDF.
    A few files were "edited" by Hoover staff. Editing included replacing corrupted text with characters in cases where one could infer what characters were missing, deleting inefficient page breaks, and deleting corrupted text. These edited files are identified with a "_edited" as a suffix in the filename.
    When using the PDF files on the digital workstation in the Hoover Archives reading room, be sure to always scroll through the entire document, because sometimes there is garble at the beginning, but readable text in the middle. Some of the files contain garbled characters that were unrecoverable by the means available to Hoover staff. Several files that were recoverable but could not be saved as PDF were printed to paper and are available in the boxes of paper documents.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in Stanford University's online catalog.


    Nuclear weapons.
    Arms control.
    Soviet Union--Military policy.
    Soviet Union--Defenses.