The Italy-USSR Association was founded in 1944 and it had a counterpart in the Soviet Union, the USSR-Italy Association. As a cultural exchange program, the Association was often hampered by the lack of influential members owing to Italy’s general anti-Soviet stance during the Cold War. In turn, the Soviet government considered the Association in Italy far removed from true Soviet ideals. Nonetheless, inroads were made into the USSR for the exportation of Italian goods and industry as evidenced by contracts secured with Fiat, Pirelli and others.
Sources & Citations
Fontana, S. (2005). Il comunismo nella storia del Novecento: il caso sovietico e quello italiano. Venezia: Marsilio e Fondazione Luigi Micheletti. (Italy-USSR Association/USSR-Italy Association both cited and explained)
De Grand, A. (1989). The Italian left in the twentieth century: A history of the socialist and the communist parties. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. (P. 100, Italy-USSR Association mentioned as a partisan group during WWII)
Blackmer, D. L. M. (1968). Unity in diversity: Italian communism and the communist world. Cambridge: M.I.T. Press. (P. 343, Italy-USSR Association referenced)