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June 2007

The Ezhov Case. Folder 85. The Chekist Anthology

In this entry, Mitrokhin gives an account of KGB operative Peter Yots (codename “Ingo” or “Ezhov”), and his assignments within the FRG. The KGB file presents a brief biographical sketch of Yots who was born in 1937 in Berlin, and was trained as an electrical technician who specialized in deciphering coded radio transmissions and telegrams. Drawing upon KGB files, Mitrokhin asserts that Yots worked as an agent in the First Chief Directorate which sent him to West Germany in 1961 to fulfill the aims of operation “Glavnoiie.” The operation, according to the file, required Yots to monitor the movement of FRG forces and military equipment at the “Aizedlerhoff” railroad station. Yots was, nonetheless, soon relocated to Nuremberg where he took up a job as a lighting technician at a local theater. Between 1962 and 1964, Yots contributed to operation “Delta” from the island of Nidervert off the coast of Nuremberg. The KGB account relates that Yots was authorized by the First Chief Directorate to use necessary means to intercept telegraph messages and other communications, so as to inflict “maximum damage” upon the enemy.

In 1967, Yots was relocated to Munich, where he became employed as a lighting technician at a local television station. One of Yots’ Munich missions, codenamed “Zarevo,” involved carrying out the surveillance of the “Alley Café”—a bar owned by Adolf and Mariette Laimer which was frequented by Americans. The KGB entry mentions that Yots also monitored the U.S Consulate and all surrounding public venues which attracted American diplomats and personnel. Yots was relocated by the First Chief Directorate to Czechoslovakia on August 2, 1968 but returned to Munich in 1969.

April 1, 1966

Central Council of the Union of USSR Sports Societies and Organizations Report on the 64th Session of the International Olympic Committee

Voting instructions, and the reasoning behind them, for the locations of the 1972 summer and winter Olympic Games.

September 17, 1970

Concerning the Note of the GDR Ambassador in the USSR 'Regarding Several Pressing Political Issues in Connection with the Preparation of the 20th Summer Olympic Games in Munich and Kiel in 1972'

The East German ambassador passes along concerns that the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich will be used by West Germany for anti-socialist purposes.

April 25, 1981

Minutes of Meeting between Czechoslovak and Hungarian Interior Ministry Officials on the Carlos Terrorist Group and Radio Free Europe Bomb Attack

A bomb exploded outside the RFE building in Munich on February 21, 1981, severely injuring several employees and causing major physical damage. This document, and others like it, indicates that the Ceausescu regime commissioned the “Carlos group” to carry out the attack. The Carlos group was then resident in Budapest, and this document indicates that the Hungarian Interior Ministry had advance knowledge of the bombing.

April 4, 1966

Central Council of the Union of USSR Sports Societies and Organizations Report on the 64th Session of the International Olympic Committee

Instructions to request a delay in the vote for the 1972 Olympic Games in order to allow Moscow to submit a bid to host them.