Peoples Temple Meetings with the Soviet Embassy in Georgetown, Guyana, 1978

Fedor Timofeyev, Soviet Consul, with Jim Jones, Jonestown, October 1978

Throughout 1978, members of Peoples Temple – especially those who worked fulltime at the Temple headquarters in Lamaha Gardens – met with officials of the Soviet Embassy on a regular, if unscheduled basis.

Two main items occupied most of the agendas on conversation. The first came from long discussions of the Temple’s proposal to uproot the Jonestown community from Guyana and transplant it en masse somewhere in the Soviet Union. While the plans were never solidified, they were still under discussion at the time of the deaths in Jonestown.

The second main topic, especially during the late summer and fall of 1978, was Jim Jones’ health and, more specifically, how Jones could get access to Cuban and Soviet doctors in Georgetown to treat him. The problems arose over the Temple’s request – even insistence – that the doctors come to Jonestown, whereas the Soviet Embassy’s position was that Jones should come to Georgetown for diagnosis and treatment in a larger medical facility than Jonestown could provide.

The two Temple members involved in almost all of these discussions were Sharon Amos and Debbie Touchette, and their notes form the bulk of the transcripts below. Other participants included Terry Carter Jones, Marceline Jones, Jim Jones, Jr., Terri Buford, Mike Prokes, and Tim Carter (sometimes identified as Tony Walker). The meetings principally were with Fedor Timofeyev, who served as Embassy consul, as well as Tass correspondent Aleksandro Voropaev and an embassy official whose last name was Kramarenko.

The PDFs and transcripts below of these meetings derive from three sections of the FBI’s release of documents under the Freedom of Information Act. The documents have been arranged in chronological order, not in the order as they appear in the sections themselves.

The citation for these documents should open with the FBI’s official designation of these records, which is “RYMUR 89-4286.” Each individual page in these records has a unique number. The first page of this section, for example, is marked “G-1-g-30a”. The complete citation for that page, then, would be “RYMUR 89-4286-G-1-g-30a”.

It should be noted that the transcript of these documents retain their original spellings, with corrections noted only where necessary for clarity.

In addition, likely in an effort to save paper, Temple members often used the reverse side of old documents. The old documents were not transcribed.

This research document is original to this site. Please credit this website for any use of this material.

RYMUR Citations
Date
Topics of discussion
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G-1-g-30a – 30b
Feb 25
Temple Members Introduce Themselves to Soviet Embassy
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G-1-g-29a – 29c, G-1-h-3a – G-1-h-5
Mar 15
Temple Raises Stoen Custody Issue
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G-1-g-18 – 19
Mar 18
Temple, Soviets Discuss Press Coverage, Guyana Non-Aligned Status
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Text
G-1-g-16, G-1-h-16
Mar 23
Soviets Suggest Temple Contact Russian Orthodox Church
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G-1-g-28
Mar 25
Jones Arrest Warrant Not Enforced
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Text
G-1-g-32a – 32j
Late March
Temple Declares Soviet Union Is Its Motherland
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G-1-g-2 – g-4
Mar 28
Summaries of news articles in Guyana papers
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G-1-g-20
Mar 28
Mike Prokes Inquires About Tass Article
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G-1-g-9a – 9b
Mar 28
Temple Discusses Background of Tass Reporter Visiting Jonestown
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G-1-h-2a – 2d
Mar 30
Georgetown Temple Members Dine with Embassy Officials, Tass Reporter
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GG1-E-1 – E-5
Mar 30
Temple Meetings with Soviet Embassy, US Consul, Guyana Officials
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G-1-g-21 – g-22
Apr 1
Temple Meets with Soviet and US Embassies, Guyana Ministers, Georgetown Lawyer
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G-1-g-13a – 13c, 14a – 14b, G-1-h-6
Apr 12
Soviets Express Diplomatic Hesitation on Some Temple Ideas
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G-1-g-13d – 13e, h-20 – 20c
Apr 12
Soviet Embassy Outlines Issues that Temple Migration Proposal Will Need
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G-1-g-14c – 14d, h-19
Apr 12
Timofeyev Offers Frank Assessment of Some Temple Members, Statements
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G-1-g-11a – 11b
Apr 18
Soviets Ask About Life in Jonestown
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G-1-g-h-7
Apr 21
Program for Guyana-Soviet Celebration of Lenin’s Birthday
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G-1-b-4a – 5b
Late April
Georgetown Offers Advice to Jones in Speaking to Soviets
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Text
G-2-g-2a – g-2d, G-1-g-10, G-1-g-8c, GG-1-M1 – 1-M2
April 23
Letter to Soviet Embassy Requesting Move to USSR
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Text
G-1-g-8a – 8c
Apr 23
Temple Discusses Published Tass Article with Soviets
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G-1-a-3 – a-4b
Apr 24
Albert Kahn Recommends Jones Travel to Warsaw Conference
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Text
G-1-g-9a – 9b
Apr 24
Translation of Article by Tass Reporter Aleksandro Voropaev
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G-2-g-3
May
Temple Requests Soviet Embassy to Contact Moscow for Doctor
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Text
G-1-g-26
May
Georgetown Relays Soviets Request for Information on Jones Illness
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G-2-g-4a – g-4b, G-1-h-15a – 15b
May
Timofeyev Offers Advice on Talking to Guyana Officials
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Text
G-1-g-7a – 7b
May 5
Jones’ Lack of Soviet Citizenship May Create Obstacle to Medical Treatment
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Text
G-1-g-23 – g-25
May 15
Temple Discusses Conspiracy and Stoen Case with Soviets
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Text
G-1-g-5
June 13
Notes to Put in Status Query on Exodus, Jones’ Medical Treatment
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Text
G-1-g-1a – 1b
June 13
Temple Seeks Status on Queries on Exodus, Jones’ Medical Treatment
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G-1-a-2-c – a-2-g
July 5
Temple Notes on Letter on Negative Press, Guyana Politics, Korea and Cuba Contacts
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G-1-a-2a – a-2b
July 5
Temple Letter to Charles Garry Spell Out Jones’ Views on Guyana, USSR, Press
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G-1-g-15a – 15b
July 19
Temple Leaders Update Timofeyev after Two-Month Absence
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G-1-e-3a – e-3b
July 28
Temple Asks about Medical Treatment in USSR for Jonestown Child
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G-1-e-2a – e-2b
Aug 10
Temple Asks If Jones Can Travel to Moscow for Medical Assistance
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G-1-g-6
mid-August
Georgetown Forwards Soviet Query on Option of Jones Returning to US
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G-1-a-8a – 8e
Aug 20
Soviets Consider Sending Russian Doctor to Jonestown
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Text
G-1-g-27
Aug 20
Temple Claims Attacks by Mercenaries, Concerned Relatives
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Text
G-1-e-4a – 4b
Aug 30
Temple Outlines Its Current Status with Guyana during Timofeyev Meeting
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Text
G-1-e-7
Aug 30
Coded Message from Marceline Tells Jim about Her Meeting at Soviet Embassy
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G-1-b-3a – 3f
early Sept
Jim Jones Makes Argument to Soviet Embassy for Emigration
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Text
G-1-e-5a – 5b
Sept
Temple Leaders Contact Soviets with Analysis of Status with Guyana Government
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G-1-e-6a – 6b
Sept
Temple Discusses Difficulties on Getting Medical Help for Jones
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G-1-g-15c
Sept
Note Laments Guyana Drift towards China
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G-1-e-1a – 1c
Sept 5
Peoples Temple Letter to Soviet Union
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GG-1-F1 – F2
Sept 6
Temple Tells Soviets about “Break in Conspiracy”
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GG-1-G1 – I2
Sept 7
Timofeyev Disagrees with Suggestions of Temple Members Dying
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G-1-a-14a – 14b
Sept 20
Temple Reports Jones’ Illness, Soviets Report Doctor’s Arrival in Georgetown
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G-1-b-2a – 2b
mid-Sept
Temple Makes Formal Request for Delegation  to Visit USSR
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G-1-a-13a – 13d
Sept 22
Temple Presses Urgency for Soviet Doctor Visit to Jonestown
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G-1-a-9a –a-9f
Sept 25
Temple, Timofeyev Hold Frank Discussion on Issues Facing Jonestown
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G-1-b-8a – 8-b
Oct 4
Timofeyev Discusses Strategy to Get Small Temple Delegation into USSR
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G-1-b-7a – 7h
Oct 13
Timofeyev Discusses His Visit to Jonestown, Jones’ Visit to Moscow
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G-1-g-12a – 12b
mid-Oct
Temple Expresses Concerns of Embassy Bugging, Swears Allegiance to USSR
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G-1-g-17
mid-Oct
Temple Drafts Notes on Issues to Include in Letter to Soviets
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G-1-b-6
late Oct
Temple Summarizes Issues to Cover in Meeting with Soviets
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G-1-b-9
late Oct
Sharon Amos, Timofeyev Debate Allowing John Victor Stoen to Go to Moscow
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G-1-h-1a – 1f
late Oct
Temple Considers Affiliation with Russian Orthodox Church, Banking in Moscow
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G-1-f-1 – f-2
late Oct
Temple Leaders Propose Financial Transfers, Bank Accounts with USSR
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G-1-b-1a – 1f
Oct 20
Temple Presses on Soviet Travel, Jones’ Medicine, Harassment from US
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G-1-f-6g
late Oct
Temple Member Chastises Timofeyev on Sense of Humor
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G-1-f-6a – f-6f
Oct 24
Timofeyev Counsels Patience, Warns Against Over-Reaction
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G-1-f-3 – f-5b
Nov 3
Soviets Raise Concerns about Massive Migration, Visitors to Jonestown
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Originally posted on December 9th, 2021.

Last modified on December 11th, 2021.
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