September 25, 2005

Why Indian Media wants to trivialize KGB archives ?

By Nagesh Bhushan

Not surprisingly, the Indian media does not want to talk about KGB . Reason: most of them were in the payroll of the Russians. Most of them are in the payroll of the chinese, the vatican, the baptists, or the saudis today. The media is the most venal institution in the country, even more so than politicians. At least the latter do not put on airs about their alleged integrity: they admit they are dirty, rotten scoundrels.

Just see K. Subrahmanyam's review of The Mitrokhin Archiv II in today's Times of India. It is a blatant attempt to trivialize it by highlighting a few errors and irrelevant issues. The one in India Today is a bit better, but still misses the essence, which is:

Regardless of the KGB success or lack of it, it was able to buy politicians, bureaucrats and the media wholesale at throwaway prices. The issue is corruption-- not whether the KGB or anyone else got their money's worth.

Is it any surprise that they are prostituting themselves and their country to Sonia Gandhi and her foreign agents? Is Sonia any better than the people in the party she leads? Has she brought about a moral and ethical transformation? Just look at the company she keeps-- Lalu, Buta Singh, etc.

Will she resist the Russian pressure-- which is desperate to sell Russian military equipment to India to get a piece of India's huge hard currency reserves.

Remember how the Congresswallahs and some bureaucrats behaved when Benny Hinn came to Bangalore with his healing message? The Times of India wrote a revential piece but turned against him when Benny ran away without paying his bills, including payments to reporters. Fortunately, some young reporters from local papers tore him apart.

See also how much hold the Russians have over the Indian establishment. How much blackmail is still possible. So it is not all in the past-- to be buried and forgotten.

Can they be trusted with the nation's defense and nuclear secrets? How do you know they will not sell it to the terrorists?

WHAT ABOUT Bukovski's Central Committee archive

Vladimir Bukovsky veteran soviet dissiddent said to IntelliBriefs sources about the authencity ".. I have no doubts in its authenticity." And pointed out that his documents are " completely different, because they are from the Central Committee archive, while Mitrokhin's ones are from the KGB intelligence service's archive. However, My documents confirm, too, that both communist party of India and INC were in close collaboration with Moscow."

Some of the documents of Central Committee archive shows payments made to communist Party of India like one below shows

1. Payment of $500,000 in 1980 . Click , Communist party of India in 1980; P230/34 , December 29, 1980;

2. Also help in printing equipment Click Also, click in general for communist journalists in Moscow.

3. Request from COMMUNIST PARTY of India for money exchange. Click , dated 10-Oct-80

India stands exposed after KGB General Oleg Kalugin's acid comment that it seemed like the entire country was up for sale. India has the rare distinction of being a country where suitcases loaded with currency notes routinely taken by foreign intelligence agencies to the Prime Minister's house. Moreover, as many as nine Cabinet Ministers were working for foreign Intelligence agencies.

Unravelling secrets

KGB documents seem to be unraveling questions like why Krishna Menon was too friendly with the Soviet-Union? How India's foreign policy got off to a wrong start and how the Non-Aligned Movement was given an anti-US stance. How much were the Indian Communists paid to work against the country's interests and when did KGB start working on Indira Gandhi to make her an ardent supporter of the Soviet Union?

KGB's India operation remained in vogue right from the Krishna Menon days to the Emergency to the Rajiv Gandhi days. It would appear that rouble politics played a vital role in projecting Indira Gandhi after Nehru's death, in Morarji Desai's defeat, in shaping the Indo-Soviet Treaty and the like. The more you delve, the more you discover about people who were keen to sell themselves and their souls for a monetary consideration (Hari Shankar Vyas )

Mitrokhin did complain that the facts or documents were not reproduced in their original form as assured by the UK Government. Anyway, just imagine the storm that would have been created if the documents relating to India had been published in their original form along with dates.

KGB's current plan

As far as KGB , it is protecting their investment. If the cover is blown the people whom KGB paid can no longer be blackmailed. This is what others have also found-- Russia, with the KGB veteran Putin in charge sets great store by the political contacts purchased by the KGB. It is also possible that handlers may have alerted Russia about the Justice Mukherji Commission. Expect a mdia campaign in India against the Mitrokhin Archives II, as a pre-emptive measure against possible future disclosures relating to the Indian media.

One VHP source said "This really is heart of the matter, which the intellectuals (even those who sincerely wish to be unbiased) keep on missing. We should not evaluate the success or otherwise on the basis of what is happening today, but what was happening at the time when the corruption programme was going on. The Soviet Union collapsed for reasons which have nothing to do with India.And if the collapse had not taken place, the KGB programme in India would have been of great value to them. "

The whole trivalising programme that has been highlighted is an insiduous one. The beneficiaries (the descendants and the original people) of the money provided by the KGB are still in position of doing damage. This is the reason why they need to be exposed. And this is the reason why the trail of the money to the media has also to be actively followed up.

VHP leader said in a different tone " As an analogy, the conversion programme in India of the Christian missionaries is said to be ineffective because of the small number converted. In a meeting with the foreign press some eight years ago, this was posed to us who had gone to the meet as representatives of VHP. We said that the reason for failure was due to the Hindu resilience. We were then asked why we in the VHP were worried. We responded that we have to recognise that despite the failure, the attempt to convert is going on. The converters are hoping that one day the Hindu resilience will snap and then they will be able to claim success for their evil programme.

For a vibrant democracy there should be a vibrant media, untainted by any corruption scandal. This is not what exists in India today.


Report into the Security and Intelligence Agencies' handling of the information provided by Mr Mitrokhin


Vladimir Bukovsky was born in Moscow (1942). In 1963 while a student, he was arrested and charged with possession of anti-Soviet literature; soviet psychiatric expertise ruled him insane and Bukovsky was committed to a special type of psychiatric hospital for compulsory treatment. He was released in February 1965 and arrested again in December, 1965 and committed to a psychiatric hospital of the ordinary type, this time for co-organizing a demonstration on Pushkin Square for human rights. Demonstrations on Pushkin Square became an annual event in spite of the KGB attempts to prevent them. Bukovsky was released in July of 1966 and was arrested on January 27, 1967 for the third time, again for co-organizing a demonstration on Pushkin Square. He was sentenced to 3 years of corrective labor (art. 190-3 of the Penal Code, antisoviet activities). He was released in January 1970 and arrested again, for the forth time (March, 1971). This time he was charged (art. 70) with "antisoviet propaganda and slandering". The real reason was Bukovsky's open campaign revealing and denouncing the use of Soviet psychiatry for political prosecutions. He was sentenced to 2 years of prison, plus 5 years of corrective labor and 5 years of internal exile. Bukovsky was released in a prisoner exchange (for Chilean communist Louis Karvallan) on Dec. 18, 1976. He decided to continue his education and graduated with BS degree from Cambridge University, England (1981) and MS degree in Neurosciences from Stanford University, USA (1986). Vladimir Bukovsky --"perhaps the most famous Soviet dissident after Solzhenitsyn" (according to the book review) -- is one of the major contributors into human rights movement in the USSR. He is well known writer and publicist. Vladimir Bukovsky lives in Cambridge, England.

KGB Active Measures in India

The April 1992 issue of the Russian newspaper Argumenty i Fakty printed excerpts from a KGB document on funding of active measures operations in India, one of the areas in which the KGB was most active, particularly in the active measures realm. The document stated:
In accordance with a decision of the CPSU Central Committee, the USSR KGB allocates funds annually for extension of financial aid to controlled organs of the press, public organizations, and individual public figures of India, whose possibilities are utilized for operations and influence in accordance with state interests of the Soviet Union. The 320,000 foreign currency rubles allocated for the indicated purpose in 1985 have been spent. In order to support special operations and measures on consolidation of the results of the official visit by Prime Minister R. Gandhi to the Soviet Union, the KGB requests allocation of 320,000 foreign currency rubles for 1986. Drafts of the decree of the CPSU Central Committee and the order to the USSR Council of Ministers are attached. Please study.

[signed] V. Chebrikov, committee chairman

Argumenty i Fakty noted that, "in accordance with this letter funds were appropriated," according to a December 20, 1985 CPSU Central Committee decree and an order of the USSR Council of Ministers on the same day.

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