31 July 1986 * (1503-Ch) Human Rights campaign

KGB report (Chebrikov). Proposed measures against “US anti-Soviet campaign related to human rights” and the corresponding Central Committee Resolution (4 pp).  [R 31 Jul 86,  1503-Ch]


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July 1986, No 1503-Ch

To the CPSU Central Committee

Measures to counter the anti-Soviet campaign
in the USA about human rights issues

According to our information, a new period of activity has been noted in the USA in the anti-Soviet campaign about human rights, driven first of all by reactionary political and Zionist circles in the United States with the participation of certain renegades who left the USSR and were deprived of their Soviet citizenship.

For the purposes of countering these hostile propaganda operations it would be expedient to prepare and implement a number of measures to disrupt them.

In particular, it should be conveyed to certain political, business and public circles in the USA which are interested in expanding ties with the USSR that the new anti-Soviet campaign… will significantly complicate the general political climate in Soviet-American relations and do substantial political and a certain economic harm to the United States.

Propaganda measures will be taken to expose the unlawful actions of a number of US embassy staff in the USSR and of foreign journalists accredited in our country, and also of the emissaries of subversive centres abroad who have been sent to the Soviet Union and are using their stay in the country to gather and distribute anti-Soviet


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materials and to incite individual Soviet citizens to commit State crimes and other anti-social acts.

Conditions will be created for journalists accredited with the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs to obtain documentary materials that expose the fabrications of bourgeois propaganda about the supposed violations of human rights in the USSR, and factual material that compromises the renegades whose names are actively used by Western mass media in conducting this anti-Soviet campaign.

This has been agreed with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Comrade Vorontsov), APN (Comrade Ivanenko), (Comrade Losev), State Television and Radio (Comrade Kravchenko).

We request authorisation.

Chairman of the Committee [KGB], Chebrikov


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Copy No 2

of the Central Committee Secretariat

about USA human rights issues

1. Endorse the views expressed in the Note of of 31 July 1986 from the USSR Committee for State Security.

2. The KGB is to carry out special measures to pass on information to certain business, political and public circles in the USA, which have an interest in broadening ties with the USSR, … the new anti-Soviet campaign about human rights issues has arisen to a large extent thanks to the current views of the Reagan administration on the eve of mid-term elections to Congress will cause the United States substantial and definite economic damage.

3. Instruct the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the KGB to take additional measures against the relevant organisations behind the operations undertaken by the US embassy to develop the desire to emigrate among certain individual Soviet citizens and inciting them to commit unlawful acts.

4. TASS, APN, Gosteleradio and the KGB are to prepare and transfer abroad materials that compromise the renegades whose names are being actively used by bourgeois propaganda for anti-Soviet purposes, and also expose the role of the US embassy, foreign journalists accredited to work in the USSR, Zionist [illegible ]…


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5. The USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs, APN and the KGB are to prepare and implement a number of measures to convey to foreign correspondents accredited with the Ministry of Foreign affairs documentary material that exposes the fabrications of bourgeois propaganda about supposed “cases of human rights violations” in the USSR. In particular, a press conference should be held for Western journalists at which the nature of our policy concerning Jews leaving the USSR should be explained. In cooperation with the USSR Council of Ministers’ Council for Religious Affairs, interviews should be organised between Walker (Great Britain), Dederiks (FRG), Eaton (USA), An-Nauman (Kuwait) and others among the most objective foreign correspondents writing about Soviet realities and Metropolitans Juvenaly and Alexy, the Chairman of the All-Union Council of Evangelical Baptists Logvinenko, and Council general secretary Bychkov, the religious figures Kharksy and Kulakov, the Mufti Babakhanov, during which the assertions of Western mass media about “violations of the rights of believers in the USSR” are shown to be groundless.

6. The USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Gosteleradio and the KGB are to aid those Western television journalists who are more objective in their coverage of Soviet policies by organising television broadcasts to West Europe an countries that have an anti-American bent, and with the involvement of leading Soviet political commentators, concerning the practical contribution of the USSR and other States in the revival of the process of detente in Europe.





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Translation, John Crowfoot