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� ". � Approved for Release: 2-6-19/03/14 CO2733106 t I Nine 20 March 1951 Copy No. 9 CURRENT INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN DOCUMENT NO. IN CLASS. CLASS. CHANCED TO: TS Stoof NEXT FIEVIEV�1 DATE: AUTF r`-') 1:17.LAHF-1 -7�4r DATE. � _41_ REVIEWER: Office of Current Intelligence CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY T23 tegth Approved for Release: 2019/03/14 CO2733106 3.5(c) 3.5(c) 3.5(c) 3.5(c) . T -Approved for Release: 2019/03/14 CO2733106 yi!r--ML.titi SUMMARY USSR 1. Some Soviet Government ffices possibly being dispersed (p ge 3). FAR EAST NEAR EAST Iranians consider government committed to n tion lization of oil (page 4). EASTERN EUROPE 4. Yugoslav will to resist reportedly low (page 5). WESTERN EUROPE 5. Communists hope to exploit Paris strikes (page 6). 2 Approved for Release: 2019/03/14 CO2733106 =Approved for Release: 2019/03/14 CO2733106 T.ftedki k..;11.,E2 J. USSR 1. Some Soviet Government offices possibly being dispersed: 3.5(c) 3.3(h)(2) Comment: Acute housing shortages in Moscow may be the c use of thee arrangements. However, Soviet refugees arriving in Vienna ho ve reported that some government decentralization is in progress. FAR EAST 3.3(h)(2) 3 Approved for Release: 2019/03/14 CO2733106 3.5(c) pproved for Release: 2019/03/14 CO2733106 NEAR EAST 3. Iranians co sider government committed o nation lization of oil: The US Embassy in Tehran reports that the Iranian people now regard their government as committed to the principle of nationalizing Iran's oil resources. Having been approved by the lower house of parliament, the nationali- zation proposal now goes to the Senate for ap- proval and the Shah for his endorsement. The lower house, after unanimously approving the proposal, gr nted the Parliamentary Oil Committee two more months to study the details involved in implementing the measure :.nd provided that the Committee might employ foreign specialists to advise it. According to the Embassy, an American econ- omist who was retained previously by the Iranian Government to advise it on the oil problem is reportedly attempting to work out a solution which will leave the impression with the Iranian public that the industry has been n tionalized, although such will actually not be the case. Meanwhile, public demonstrations in f vor of nationalizing the Anglo' Iranian Oil Company, Iran's only real oil industry, reportedly continue; the Embassy states that the situation is entirely dominated by emotions. 3.5(c) 3.3(h)(2) 3.3(h)(2) 3.3(h)(2) 4 Approved for Release: 2019/03/14 CO2733106 3.5(c) rr Approved for Release: 2019/03/14 CO2733106 zwar l.,Xtri EASTERN EUR,OPE 4. Yugoslav will to resist rtportedly low: talk of war and rumors of Soviet troop concentrations on the Yugoslav border have created great unrest among the Yugoslav people. 3.3(h)(2) Reportedly, families are preparing to leave Belgr de and persons not irrevocably compromised by association with Tito, are trying to detach themselves from the regime in the hope that the Soviets will not molest the neutr 1 element. The widespread belief that the Yugoslav Army would quickly fall before a Soviet attack has allegedly weakened the Yugoslav will to resist0 claims that "many Cominformists" have successfully penetrated the army and 3.3(h)(2) the government and are now acting under instructions to remain pas- sive until war breaks out. 3.5(c) 4.c..etrrrt-ctrui 3.3(h)(2) The US Air Attache in Belgrade reports that the population in the Vojvodina area has freely expressed to him its dissatisfaction with conditions and attributes its hardships to poor governmental management. Comment: Numerous recent state- ments by Tito and other Yugoslav leaders regarding the threat of war have undoubtedly caused increased apprehension and unrest among the Yugoslav people. Furthermore, Yugoslavia's economic problems, which have been heightened by the 1950 crop failure, are probably augmenting Yugoslav dissatisfaction with the regime. Previous reports about the state of Yugoslav morale have been conflicting: US Ambassador Allen in Belgrade believed, as of 9 February, that Yugoslav morale was high; on the other hand, a 12 February report from the US Embassy in London states that the British Ambassador in Belgrade was at that time troubled by the low state of public morale in Yugoslavia. US officials, who have traveled extensively throughout Yugo- siavia in recent months, h ve noted no evidence indicating that the Yugoslav will to resist a Soviet attack has markedly declined� 5 Approved for Release: 2019/03/14 CO2733106 3.3(h)(2) 3.5(c) Fry Approved for Release: 2019/03/14 CO2733106 -Loa" Late, J.- WESTERN EUROPE 5. Communists hope to exploit Paris strikes� 3.5(c) According to US Embassy Paris, the Politbure3.3(h)(2) of the French Communist Party was scheduled to meet on 17 March to plan a "cascade of strikes" involving public utilities, suburban railways and government agencies in the Paris region, in support of the Paris transport strike which began on 15 March. The Embassy reports that non-Communist union leaders do not feel th t workers are prepared for long and bitter strikes, but believe that price rises and the hesitancy of management and government in making cost-of-living adjustments may materially benefit Communist election candidates. Comment Growing I-Ank-and-file agitation for wage increases has led the non-Communist unions to collaborate with the Communist-led General Labor Confederation in the Paris transport strike--the first important instance of such collaboration since last spring, Union resources, however, are believed insufficient for a pro- tracted Paris transport strike. 6 Approved for Release: 2019/03/14 CO2733106 3.5(c)