Russia Today (NARA II)

Emma Best filed this request with the National Archives And Records Administration – Archival Or Special Access of the United States of America.
Tracking #

RD 60451

Due March 28, 2019
Est. Completion March 12, 2019
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Emma Best


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Copies of the files referenced in the attached letter from the FBI.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Emma Best

From: National Archives And Records Administration – Archival Or Special Access

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Thank you.

From: National Archives And Records Administration – Archival Or Special Access

Dear Ms. Best,

I am writing in regards to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request
number 60451, for records on *Russia Today*. You requested several FBI
files 100-HQ-330063, 100-HQ-352546, 100-HQ-433757, and 100-BT-905.

*Case file 100-HQ-330063* with a subject of Russia Today contains 18 pages
dated from July 1944 – August 1967. This file was previously processed as a
FOIA in 2017, and is available now.

*Case file 100-HQ-35246* with a subject of Central Research Matters
contains approximately 16,250 pages dated from September 1947 to October
1983.

*Case file 100-HQ-433757* with a subject of Crosscurrents Press, Inc.
contains approximately 600 pages dated from August 1960 to October 1963.

*Case file 100-BT-905* with a subject of Communist Party of the USA,
contains approximately 1300 pages dated from November 1971 to September
1987.

For case files 100-HQ-35246, 100-HQ-433757 and 100-BT-905, you could go
back to the FBI and see if they can provide a specific serials that relate
to Russia Today rather than request the entire file.

The estimated page count for all of these files place your request in our
second tier processing queue. To give you an indication of our existing
backlog, we are currently processing requests received in March 2013.

You may be able to reduce your estimated wait time by narrowing the scope
of your request to 500 pages or less, thus becoming eligible for our
first-tier processing queue. The estimated time required to complete the
processing of a first tier request is approximately 24 months from the date
of this correspondence.

Please let me know how you wish to proceed with your request. If I do not
hear from you before March 12th, I will place your request in our
second-tier processing queue.

Sincerely,
*Stephanie A. Coon*
Archivist
Special Access and FOIA Branch (RD-F)
National Archives at College Park
301-837-1604

Special Access/FOIA Website: www.archives.gov/research/foia/
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From: National Archives And Records Administration – Archival Or Special Access

Dear Ms. Best,

I am writing in response to your Freedom of Information Act request of
*February
11, 2019* for records in the custody of the National Archives and Records
Administration. Your request was received in this office on *February 13,
2019* and assigned FOIA case number *60451*.

You requested access to case file numbers *100-HQ-330063, 100-HQ-35246,
100-HQ-433757, *and* 100-BT-905*, identified by the FBI as potentially
responsive to your request for records relating to *Russia Today*.

Case file *100-HQ-352546* with a subject of Central Research Matters,
contains approximately 16,520 pages dated from September 1947 to October
1983.

Case file *100-HQ-330063* with a subject of Russia Today, contains 18 pages
dated June 1944 to August 1967.

Case file *100-HQ-433757* with a subject Crosscurrents Press, Inc. contains
600 pages dated August 1960 – October 1963.

Case file *100-BT-905* with a subject of Communist Party USA contains
approximately 1300 pages dated November 1971 to September 1987.

File 100-HQ-330063 was reviewed and released as part of a previous FOIA
request. As this file contained a small number of documents, I have
attached a complimentary copy to this correspondence.

Files *100-HQ-352546, 100-HQ-433757*, and *100-BT-905* require screening
for categories information exempted from disclosure under the terms of
the Freedom
of Information Act, prior to public release. In particular, there are
documents that may be redacted to protect the identities of confidential
sources, including FBI informant codes and informant file numbers.

Requests for FBI case files that exceed 500 pages are assigned to our
second-tier processing queue. To give you an indication of our existing
backlog, we are currently processing requests received in *March 2013*.

You may be able to reduce your estimated wait time by narrowing the scope
of your request to 500 pages or less, thus becoming eligible for our
first-tier processing queue. The estimated time required to complete the
processing of a first-tier request is approximately 24 months from the date
of this correspondence.

In instances where a requester chooses to reduce the scope of their request
to 500 pages or less, we can only limit that request to sequential whole
sections, starting with section one.

To notify this office of a change in your contact information or to track
the status of your request, please telephone 301-837-3190 or e-mail
specialaccess_foia@nara.gov.

If you would like to narrow the scope of your request, please contact me
directly at Stephanie.coon@nara.gov or (301) 837-1604. All communications
concerning this request should reference your case tracking number *60451*.

If you are not satisfied with our action on this request and would like the
opportunity to discuss our response, you may contact our FOIA Public
Liaison for assistance:

Accessioned Executive Branch Records – Washington, DC Area

FOIA Requester Service Center: 301-837-3190

Acting FOIA Public Liaison: Britney Crawford

8601 Adelphi Road, Room 5500

College Park, MD 20740-6001

Telephone: 301-837-3190

E-mail: dc.foia.liaison@nara.gov

Sincerely,

*Stephanie A. Coon*
Archivist
Special Access and FOIA Branch (RD-F)
National Archives at College Park
301-837-1604

Special Access/FOIA Website: www.archives.gov/research/foia/
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From: National Archives And Records Administration – Archival Or Special Access

March 26, 2019

Emma Best

MuckRock News

DEPT MR 68730

411A Highland Ave

Somerville, MA 02144-2516

requests@muckrock.com

Dear Ms. Best,

I am writing to inform you that your request, FOIA case number RD 60451,
will be reassigned to our Tier 3 (complex) effective April 1, 2019. To give
you an indication of our existing backlog for Tier 3, we are currently
processing requests received in February 2013. Your request was previously
assigned to our Tier 2, where we are currently processing requests received
in June 2013.

The change is a result of an office effort to improve efficiency and
potentially decrease the amount of time your case is in our processing
queues.

If would like to narrowing your request, you are welcome to do so by
contacting our office using the contact information below. Additionally, if
you no longer wish to receive these records we ask that you indicate such
in writing to our office.

If this correspondence is returned as undeliverable and no new contact
information is provided within 90 business days from the date of this
letter, your case will be administratively closed.

We will continue to process your case in the order that it was received.
You will receive a final letter once review and processing is complete.

Our contact information is as follows:

Special Access and FOIA

Room 5500

National Archives and Records Administration

8601 Adelphi Road

College Park, MD 20740-6001

Email: specialaccess_foia@nara.gov

Customer Service Telephone: 301-837-3190

Website: www.archvies.gov/research/foia

If you are not satisfied with our action on this request and would like the
opportunity to discuss our response, you may contact our FOIA Public
Liaison for assistance:

Accessioned Executive Branch Records – Washington, DC Area

FOIA Requester Service Center: 301-837-3190

FOIA Public Liaison: Britney Crawford (Acting)

8601 Adelphi Road, Room 5500

College Park, MD 20740-6001

Telephone: 301-837-3190

E-mail: dc.foia.liaison@nara.gov

Sincerely,

Jessie Hartman

Government Information Specialist

Special Access and FOIA Staff

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