The Common Struggle Against Fascism

Cipher telegram from Ivan Maisky, plenipotentiary representative of the USSR to Great Britain, to the People’s Commissariat of Foreign Affairs about his conversation with Winston Churchill on the situation in Europe

24 March 1938
Archive of Foreign Policy of the Russian Federation

"In the conversation, Churchill said inter alia, '20 years ago, I fought communism with all my energy, as I believed at the time that communism with its idea of the world revolution posed a very grave danger to the British Empire. Today, communism does not pose such a danger. In contrast, a very grave danger to the British Empire in our time is German Fascism with its idea of the hegemony of Berlin'."