Palestinian terrorists and KGB shared strategic goals, historian says

MOSCOW – Chairman of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas was recruited by Soviet foreign intelligence service KGB when he studied as member of Palestinian terrorists’ group (PLO) at the People’s Friendship University, also known as the Patrice Lumumba University, between the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, said Russian historian Ilya Milshtayn.

Earlier the Israeli researchers from the European University in Jerusalem revealed that Abbas was the KGB agent, not just informer, in 1983 under the codename MOLE according to the secret reports found in the Mitrokhin Archive containing files on politicians and high-profile figures from around the world who cooperated with Soviets during Cold War. Historians also learnt from the Mitrokhin Archive that Mikhail Bogdanov the President Putin’s special envoy to the Middle East was the director of KGB station in Damascus when Abbas was the Soviet intelligence informer.

Mitrokhin archives revealed information about other KGB agents among Palestinian terrorists

Vasily Mitrokhin was an archivist at the First Chief Directorate of KGB. After laboriously accumulating handwritten notes on KGB operational files for over thirty years during the relocation of the KGB archives, he defected with his notes through the Baltic states to the United Kingdom in 1992. In 2014 the British government made available to researchers only a small part of the Mitrokhin Archive. The Archive was vetted by British intelligence and extensively used by CIA  represent the most authoritative source of KGB activities around the world during the Cold War.

The documents in the Mitrokhin Archive, and the files smuggled out of the archives of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union by Russian dissident Vladimir Bukovsky, confirmed that other Palestinian operatives were also recruited by KGB. Wadie Haddad, leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine’s armed wing operated as KGB agent under the codename NATIONALIST during the 1970s’. Haddad introduced technique of civilian plane hijacking to the international terrorism know-how, which he learnt from his Soviet patrons.

Some experts are also aware of the fact that British and German intelligence agencies has evidence that Yasser Arafat was recruited by GRU, military intelligence of the Soviet Union.

Commenting on those facts Russian historian Ilya Milshtayn pointed at, often omitted fact in the West, that president of the University where Abbas received his doctoral degree was a future director of Russian foreign intelligence agency SVR Yevgeny Primakov. At that time, as current historical research has proven, Primakov was a prominent KGB operative with codename MAKSIM , who operated in the Arab states including Iraq of Saddam Hussain and Syria of current president Assad’s father under the cover of journalist. Primakov as President of the University, Milshtayn observed, probably appointed a supervisor for the Abbas doctoral thesis, which were titled “The secret bond between Nazism and Zionism” and denied fact of Holocaust.


Yasser Arafat – from 1969 to 2004 the leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), the terrorist group


The Soviet Communist Party, KGB and international terrorists shared their goals

Russian historian reminded that Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and KGB as its executive power planted and supported terrorist organisations in the countries, which were allies of the United States during the Cold War.

“It is known fact that the Soviet Union supported and even organised the movements for national liberation wherever their members battled with American imperialists” – Milshtayn said with a hint of irony. “Kremlin sponsored and financed the then islamic state, and similar initiatives under the different names – well organised gangs of thugs and killers – to pursue its goals in foreign policy. Terrorists pulled money out of the Soviet Union and used it as a cover-up” – historian added.

Milshtayn explained that the international terrorists and the Communist Party of the Soviet Union had common goals in terrifying populations of states, such as Israel, which were allies of the United States. Terrorists enjoyed wealth and popularity operating under the protection of the International Department of the Soviet Communist Party and KGB. Russian historian ironically commented fact that terrorists cooperated with other intelligence agencies of the Soviet Bloc.

“Their connections with the intelligence agencies of the Warsaw Pact states were based on shared ideals”, Russian researcher said.

It can be said, he observed, that the majority of the international terrorist groups were KGB informers of one or the other kind. In other words, Soviet ruling caste was a collective super-agent of different sort of the Arafats, the Haddads or the Jackals – he explained referring to the infamous terrorists Yasser Arafat, Wadie Haddad and Ilich Ramirez de Sanchez known as Carlos the Jackal.

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