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MEMORANDUM FOR: Tho President
The White House
Attachedemorandum covering the subject of Soviet arrivals in Cuba since February, when the withdrawals began.
The conclusion of our analysis to date Is thatmallthanSoviet personnel have arrived in Cuba, while at leastave departed.
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CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY Office of Current Intelligence3
CURRENT INTELLIGENCE MEMORANDUM
SUBJECT: Reports of Arrival of Soviet Military Per-
sonnul in Cuba
During the past two months, in which we have evidence that atoviet personnel have been withdrawn from Cuba, we have only two cases of reported arrival of military personnel where the evidence is firm. Theyotal of lessen.
The freighter Tslmlyflnskgea arrived inonarch. On the preceding day, the pilotS Navy reconnaissance aircraft reported that when he approached the ship,ousky men sunbathing on deck broke for cover aa if to avoid surveillance. The following day, British Embassy reports from Havana noted that aboutoviet personnel had been observed unloading trucks at Santiago de las Vegas under circumstancesthey were new arrivals.
British observers saw aboutassengers disembarking from the Mikhail Kalininpril about four hours afin Havana, with evidence Indicating they were newly arrivedpersonnel.
in three other cases, Intercepts havesmall groups of Inboundorreplacement crews for trawlers, and we have no evidence suggesting they were not.
Altogether we have only aboutther agent-refugee reports during this period of Soviet arrivals, and most of these are demonstrably false.
One, for example, cited arrival of "several thousand" Soviet troops aboard two freighters which could not haveraction of this number.
The only one of these reports which wedisprove or discount is an independent andreportassenger ship arriving ln Havana onebruaryoviets. There is no corroboration, although the disembarkation ls supposed to have taken place in daylight hours. It appears extremely unlikely that If It had in fact occurred as described, there would not bave been other substantiating reports.
The latest passenger ship arrival, the Maria Ulynnova which reached Havana0 onpril,no passengers in transiting tbe Kiel Canal, was not seen to have passengers by naval surveillance near Cuba, and was not seen to disembark sny byobservers in Havana.