INFORMATION REGARDING THE MEETING OF THE FRATERNAL INTELLIGENCE SERVICES HELD IN PRAGUE ON THE 13TH AND THE 14TH OF FEBRUARY 1976CITATION SHARE DOWNLOAD
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REGARDING: The meeting of the fraternal intelligence services held in Prague on the 13th and the 14th of February 1976
On the 13th and 14th of February 1976 a meeting of the intelligence services of the USSR, PRB, PPR, HPR, GDR, and CSSR was held in Prague. Participating at the meeting were: on the part of the USSR - the head of counterintelligence at PGU-KGB [The First Chief Directorate of the Committee for State Security] gen. major KALUGIN and the head of the V [fifth] Chief Directorate of KGB; on the part of PRB -- deputy head of the VI [sixth] Directorate VI-DS [State Security] and the head of the IV [fourth] Directorate at PGU-DS [The First Chief Directorate of the State Security]; as well as the heads of the directorates for Ideological Diversion and Active Projects (aktivni meropriatia) at the [respective] intelligence services (upravlenia) of the remaining fraternal countries.
The goal of the meeting was to discuss joint actions and projects [meropriatia] for the further denunciation of the work of radio stations "RADIO FREE EUROPE" and "RADIO LIBERTY."
Gen. major GLADIK [phonetic spelling], head of the CSSR intelligence service, opened the meeting and led the main plenary sessions. The first deputy head, colonel DOVINA [phonetic spelling] led the remaining sessions.
During the first day, two main reports were presented: by the deputy head of the first directorate of the MVR [Ministry of Internal Affairs] of CSSR, colonel FRIBORT [phonetic spelling] on the topic: "On the Present Circumstances and Possibilities for Activating the Work on RADIO FREE EUROPE and RADIO LIBERTY" and by gen. major Kalugin of PGU-KGB on the topic: "On the Operative Circumstances and Major Directions of Work of the Fraternal Intelligence Services against RADIO LIBERTY and RADIO FREE EUROPE."
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In addition to comrade KALUGIN's report, a working plan for discussion at the meeting was offered. For the rest of the first day, different delegates made statements regarding the activity of the radio stations and the opportunities for carrying out activities (meropriatia) in the spirit of the presented reports.
Our delegation made a thorough statement on the basis of information prepared in advance by PGU-DS.
At the end of the plenary session, a committee was formed for summarizing statements and preparing of a draft proposal (proekto-plan) for joint activities of the intelligence services of the fraternal countries against the two radio stations.
On the second day, the draft proposal was examined in detail, discussed, and accepted.
In the process of examination, some objections were raised on the part of the Polish delegation as it considered itself lacking the authority to grant assent to some of the activities included in the proposal. At the start of the discussion our delegation was the first one to take a stance on the draft-proposal by pointing to the worth of the same and by fully supporting it. Similar statements by other delegations, except the Polish one, followed, and, at the end of the plenary session, and after several clarifications, it [the Polish delegation] also accepted the proposal.
It was decided that the prepared draft should be sent by the Czechoslovak comrades, according to established procedures, to all fraternal intelligence services for discussions and possible (eventualni) corrections, after which, it would be finally confirmed.
In private meetings, following the end of the plenary sessions, comrades general KALUGIN and general GLADIK expressed their satisfaction with the position of our delegation on the draft proposal and thanked us for our overall participation during the meeting.
During their stay in Prague, the delegates met with captain MINARIK, recently returned from "RADIO FREE EUROPE;" several filmed materials were shown and a number of details were provided, regarding the extraction (izvezhdane) and the work of the Czechoslovak intelligence agent.
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Our delegation held bi-lateral meetings with all delegations discussing matters of mutual interest. During the same [meetings] we discussed in detail and concurred on some issues on the consultation with the Soviet comrades, the preparation of documents for our activities (meropriatia) on target (obekt) "RENGAT" and target (obekt) "TARZAN," as well as the publications of documents through their [Soviet] channels. Agreed upon was the usage, for publication, of a channel of the Hungarian comrades.
We discussed with the Czech, Polish, and Hungarian delegations [the possibility] to receive for our use documentary materials acquired by them from "RADIO FREE EUROPE."
[We] exchanged expertise on a number of general issues, concerning work in connection to (po linia na) enemy emigration and ideological diversion.
The following important conclusions from the meeting can be made:
1. The meeting, proposed by the Soviet comrades, played a positive role in directing all means of the fraternal intelligence services towards achieving, at the first, the expulsion of radio stations "LIBERTY" and "FREE EUROPE" from Europe, and the complete elimination of the same [radio stations] as an end goal.
2. The multi lateral meeting contributed to the strengthening of the relationships among kin (srodni) fraternal services.
3. A draft-proposal regarding the main directions of work was completed and, in principle, the idea of organizing an open lawsuit in one of the socialist countries against "RADIO LIBERTY" and "RADIO FREE EUROPE" was accepted.
4. Some concrete issues on activities planned by us regarding targets (obekti) in "RADIO FREE EUROPE" were negotiated.
DEPUTY HEAD DIRECTORATE VI - STATE SECURITY
[ZAM. N-K U-NIE VI - DS]
HEAD DEPARTMENT IV, FIRST CHIEF DIRECTORATE - STATE SECURITY
[NACHALNIK OTDEL IV, PGU-DS]
[Signature: Iv. Ivanov]
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