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  • Title: Vitalii Leonidovich Kataev papers next hit
    Date (inclusive): 1966-2001
    Collection Number: 2002C48
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: Russian
    Physical Description: 20 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize folder (8.4 Linear Feet)
    Abstract: The previous hit papers of Vitalii Leonidovich Kataev next hit , 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.
    Creator: Kataev, Vitaliĭ Leonidovich, 1932-
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives


    The collection is open for research; materials must be requested in advance via our reservation system. If there are audiovisual or digital media material in the collection, they must be reformatted before providing access.


    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 2002.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], previous hit Vitalii Leonidovich Kataev papers , [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Biographical 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"), Ministry of General Engineering, Dnepropetrovsk Southern Factory, Ukraine
    1974-1990 Organizer and member of the interdepartmental working group ("Five")
      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), CPSU Central Committee, Department of Defense Industry Production, Moscow, Russia
    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
      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 on the staff of the President of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev. 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, the prevention of dangerous military activities, and 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. Kataev was also an aviation systems designer and chief designer of projects for strategic ground-based missile complexes and sea-based strategic missiles.
    Materials in the collection include 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 sound 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 related to the review of problems in USSR military policy, the preparation of CPSU Central Committee resolutions on military-political issues and issues in Soviet-American relations, and problems of national security and stability of relations. Additionally, there are retrospective (beginning from the 1960s) and organizational documents related to 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 related to 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, and the cessation of nuclear testing. The collection contains extensive material on the liquidation of chemical and biological weapons, the reduction of conventional arms and armed forces in Europe (CFE), and 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, as well as materials which characterize the relationship between individual military political leaders of the USSR and these issues.
    Diaries beginning from 1974 include Kataev's notes 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. The 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.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

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