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Approved" For Release 2000/08/22 : CIA-RDP61-00391 R0001 00180033-5 STANFORD UN: ERSTff Stanford, California April 1, 1958 Mr. Frederick Merrill Director, East-West Contacts Branch Department of State Washington, D. C. I have eecently received a letter from Mr. P. F. Shvetsov, Director of the Permafrost Institute in Moscow, in vhich Mr. Shvetsov expressed a desire to arrange a direct exchange of information pertaining to the study of permafrost through exchange of visits between the scientists of our country and the Soviet Union. Copies of the translation of Mr. Shvetsov's letter and aqy acknowledient -of same are enclosed herewith. As you viii observe, my reply to Mr. Shvetsov vas in s very general scope, without specific commitments. It has been svSgested to me that I contact you for instructions and suggestions regarding the procedure to be followed in making arrangements for such an exchange of personnel and to guide me in my future correspondence with Mr. Shvetsov. It goes without saying that the proposed exchange of visitors will be of great mutual benefit to all concerned. As I visualize the course of action to bring about a realization of the proposed plan, there are five fundamental points which need to be worked out : (1) Selection of personnel from among the scientists exigaged in the study of permafrost in the United States. (2) Formal action of approval, visas etc., by the State Department (3) Arrangement of itinerary and selection of institutions to which Soviet scientists will be invited during their visit in the United States. (4) Preparation of itinerary and institutions in the Soviet Union to be visited by our scientists. This should also in- clude the approval of the Soviet Goverment of such an itiner- a y? (5) The financing of the exchange. If I may be permitted to offer suggestions regarding acme of these jicints, I wish to make the following statements: State Dept. declassification & release instructions on file Approved For Release 2000/08/22 : CIA-RDP61-00391 R000100180033-5 Approved- For Release 2000/08/22 : CIA-RDP61 J31@9W33-5 Page 2. (~) U.S.A. personnel. I know of several individuals, members of the US Geological Survey, who are now actively engaged in various phases of permafrost studies. if a formal participa- tion of a Government ageancy--US Geological Survey--is not perm- issible, I would like to suggest that these individuals, should they desire to make the trip, be given a leave of absence from the Survey and be alloyed to travel to the Soviet Union as ? private individuals. I urvuld also strongly urge that should same be given an opportunity to avail themselves of an inten- sive course in the Russian language that is offered at a number of universities in this country. I believe that Dr. John C. Reed of the US Geological Survey would be the most logical person to contact regarding the general, policies of the Survey and about the personnel. Mr. James B. G41Iis of the Snow, Ice and Permafrost Research Establishment (SIPRB) is also in a position to sug- gest other scientists who would be interested in participating in the exchange. (2) Not being familiar with the current policy of the State Department regarding such matters, I have no comment to make on this point. (3) If the policies of the Snow, Ice and Permafrost Research Establishment do not prohibit visits of the Soviet scientists, I would suggest that the personnel and facilities of that orb nisation be included in the itinerary for the Soviet visitors. Perhaps John C. Reed of the Geological Survey and James E. Gillis of SIPitE can elaborate on the itinerary by adding other places of visit. (4) The Institut Merzlotovedentys (Institute of Permafrost) in Moscow is the main center of scientific work in permafrost in the Soviet Union and should be included in the itinerary for visitors from the U.S.A. In my opinion, the American scientists who will represent the United States should also have an oppor- tunity to visit one or mare permafrost experimental stations in the USSR. Perhaps they themselves will wish to make the choice of places to be visited. In passing I will only mention the most active permafrost stations at Vorkuta, Igaurka and Yakutsk. A visit to the railroad EM (Bayka1i nur tegistral') which is stAi, under construction, should give our men a valuable experi- ence in seeing the solution of permafrost problems on a major railroad project. (5) I hope there will be no difficulty in obtaining the necessary money to finance the trip of our scientists to the Soviet Union and to learn of their progress in the study of permafrost. Per- haps the National Science Foundation could see its vey to foot Approved For Release 2000/08/22 : CIA-RDP61-00391 R000100180033-5 Approved For Release 2000/08/22 : CIA-RDP61-00391 R0001 00180033-5 Mr. Frederick Muxri11 Page 3. the bill. The urging of our representatives to take an inten- sive course in the Russian language would contribute greatly to the benefit they trill derive from the visit. It will be a vise investment on the part; of the Ooverrment to see that this plan goes through. I em mr,v in the process of arranging dates with Mr. Leggett in Canada, Mr. Gillis at SIP, Colonel DeGoes and Genera. Sibley at Boston to visit them during the latter part of April. After visiting these institutions I intend to stop over at Washington and hope that I wilt have an opportunity to see you personally and to discuss various phases of the proposal out- lined above. In the meantime, if you gilt be good enough to brief me on the rules and policies which in one w W or the other vita, effect the car- ryying out of this project, I will be able to discuss this matter within the limits of propriety with the people whom I intend to visit during the forthcoming trip. Sincerely your&, /$/ 8iemon Wm. flier Professor of Oeolo&r 81/en Enclosures, 2. Approved For Release 2000/08/22 : CIA-RDP61-00391 R000100180033-5