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Directive Instructing Programme Makers to Take Care with Russia

BBC bosses advise programme makers to tread carefully when referring to Russia.

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Document Type | Directive

02 July 1940

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1940

Synopsis

Over a year before the USSR entered World War II, the BBC issued this guidance, which warns programme makers to be careful about what is said on the subject of Russia.

Did you know?

At the time that this memo was written, the non-aggression pact between the USSR and Nazi Germany was still in force. This agreement (known as the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact) promised that neither country would attack the other and also pledged that each would remain neutral if either was attacked by a third party.

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