The FSB unmasks spies working under the cover of the US humanitarian organization “Peace Corps”
Moscow officially informed Washington of its intention to abandon the agreement concluded with the USA on activity of the Peace Corps on the territory of Russia. Russian news agency RIA Novosti learnt the information from well informed sources in Moscow on Friday.
As sources mention, Moscow made the decision “as the situation has radically changed in Russia since 1992, when the agreement was signed.” Russia doesn’t need cooperation with the Peace Corps so much. Besides, as the sources emphasize, in accordance with the paragraph nine of the agreement, activity of the Corps is oriented at developing countries first of all.
On December 16, director of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) Nikolay Patrushev met with directors of several Russian mass media in Moscow. He said that this year Russia refused to prolong entry documents to 30 members of the Peace Corps. “Some of them are people who collected information about social, political and economic situation in the Russian regions, about officials in the government and the state departments, about the course of elections in Russia, etc.,” Nikolay Patrusev said.
For instance, as Nikolay Patrushev reported, former director of the Peace Corps’ department in the Far East, Valerie Ibaan violated the frontier regime when she penetrated a closed zone on the border with China.
Peace Corps volunteer, former CIA staffer Brown, who is known for his active recruiting of military men in Berlin in the 1970s, established contacts with the local administration and leaders of the defense establishments in the Russian city of Samara.
The USA reaction to the event was immediate. A spokesman for the American Embassy said: “The statements saying that members of the Peace Corps were involved into activity incompatible with their volunteer work are absolutely groundless.”
The Peace Corps is by no means the number one organization collecting information for the CIA. If we look deeper into the Russian and Soviet history, we’ll see lots of interesting facts, about activity of the American Relief Administration (ARA), for instance.
In 1921, millions of people in villages and cities of the 34 Russian regions were on the brink of starvation because of a severe drought. That is why famous Russian writer Maksim Gorky appealed to all “honest people in Europe and America” for assistance to the Russian regions beaten by the failure of crops, especially the Volga region. Governments and people from many countries responded to the appeal. Special committees were created in those countries for collection of donations to the starving Russian people.
The USA offered its assistance to Russia as well; many of ordinary Americans gave their money to save Russians from starvation. Businessmen also rendered their assistance, but they were guided not by humane reasons only: during WWI, the USA accumulated huge provision stocks, which entailed reduction of prices and threatened with a crisis of so-called overproduction. And leaders of American monopolies couldn’t find ways to move those goods away from the national market. One of the methods to get rid of the provision stock was to remove the food abroad, to the countries that needed extra provisions, including the Russian Federation.
The American Relief Administration was charged with purchasing, transportation and distribution of provisions on the territory of the Russian Federation. The State Political Administration exercised a secret control over activity of Americans in the country. This was done because of previous experience of contacts with some Americans. Those foreigners, also including Americans, who were in Russia during the civil war, were several times caught in military, political and economic espionage. The headquarters of the ARA central administration in Russia was formed by Herbert Hoover himself and mostly consisted of US army officers, former members of intelligence and police services. What is more, those people knew Russia, the Russian language, the life and traditions of the country. For instance, William Haskel, who had been the High Commissioner in the Caucasus, was later appointed director of the ARA representative office in the Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic. At that time, the man was inimical to the Soviet Russia and tried by all means to embroil it with the Soviet republics of Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Later, when Haskel got back to the USA in 1923, he became one of the intelligence chiefs at the US army headquarters. (“Humanitarian Mission or Subversive operation” by Oleg Matveyev, published by Independent Military Review on July 28, 2000).
The American Peace Corps operates on the Russian territory since 1992. Currently, about 200 American volunteers are working in almost 30 regions of Russia. The Peace Corps sends teachers of English language and business fundamentals to Russian educational institutions. In addition to technical assistance, the Peace Corps also assists in the cultural exchange and in improving mutual understanding between the people from the USA and Russia, a US Embassy spokesman says.
Dmitry Chirkin PRAVDA.Ru
Translated by Maria Gousseva
Read the original in Russian: http://world.pravda.ru/world/2002/5/16/43/5001_peacecorps.html
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