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Draft by Vyacheslav Molotov of a personal and secret message from Joseph Stalin to Winston Churchill on the transfer of a third of the German fleet to the Soviet Union

23 May 1945
Russian State Archive of Social and Political History

The Soviet government believes that it would be entirely fair and justified for it to receive at least a third of the German war and trade fleet. I also believe that it would be proper to allow representatives of the Soviet Navy to get acquainted with all the materials of the surrender of the German war and trade fleet and the physical state of the surrendered fleet.