The Perestroika Deception: Memoranda to the Central Intelligence Agency
Filenote | New scan to meet requester'srequirements, OCR (searchable text under image), TOC built,PaginatedAnatoliy Golitsyn exposes the devious Leninist strategy beingpursued by supposed "former" communists under the facade of"reform" and "progress towards democracy". The objectives:"convergence" with the West, the creation of a new world order, and- ultimately - the establishment of a communist world governmentunder the United NationsAmazon Review (5/5):In 1984, former KGB Major Anatoliy Golitsyn published a remarkablebook, New Lies for Old, alleging that in the near future theCommunist Party of the Soviet Union, working in collaboration withsister parties worldwide, would feign its own demise for three mainpurposes: 1) deceiving Western governments as to communism’slong-range goal of overthrowing the “bourgeois” states, 2)attracting Western capital to revitalize the Soviet Union’s ailingcommand economy, and 3) removing any justification for the NorthAtlantic Treaty Organization anti-Soviet military posture. Fiveyears later, the ruling communist party in Poland invited“non”-communists into the government and, in 1990, the rulingcommunist party in East Germany “capitulated” by uniting with WestGermany. The demise of the Soviet Bloc had supposedly begun.His predictions vindicated, in March 1989, Golitsyn submitted amemorandum to the US Central Intelligence Agency, further outliningthe Soviet deception strategy in concert with the leaders of RedChina. This and other memos were published in his second book, ThePerestroika Deception (1995, 1998). An excerpt, with links tosupporting documentation, follows:PREDICTIONS ON THE EXECUTION OF THE STRATEGY’S FINAL PHASEExpanded Role of the Communist PartyDuring “perestroika,” the political role of the Communist Partyin communist countries will increase, not decrease. The Party willcontinue to exercise overall supervision and control over the mixedeconomy through Party members among the managers and technocrats.The Party, operating “underground” and “working by other means,”will provide political guidance to the Congress of Peoples’Deputies and other “reformed” and successor parliaments and to thenew “political parties” and “grassroots democratic associations”through Party cells and individual Party members in the leadershipsof these organizations. Guidance to Party members will be giventhrough confidential briefings. Freed from day-to-day supervisionover the economy, the Party will devote itself to guiding andimplementing “perestroika” in the USSR and Eastern Europe and toimplementing the strategy in the West. The Soviet Party apparatuswill become a true general staff of world revolution to be carriedout through the strategy of “perestroika.”Stronger, Maturer IdeologyDespite the apparent renunciation of ideological orthodoxy,Communist ideology will grow stronger and more mature. As“perestroika” proceeds, ideology in the Communist countries will bereasserted. Each success for “perestroika” will reinforce thebelief of Party members and young Communists in the correctness oftheir ideology and their cause. Communists will continue to analyzeinternational relations and the situation in the capitalistcountries in terms of class analysis. Their “humanism” willcontinue to see love and hate in class terms. Capitalists,home-grown and foreign, will be hated, never loved; and they willinvariably be deceived and take for a ride.The Party will continue with ideological education and trainingto prevent contamination by foreign ideologies. Attempts to reformand replace capitalism in the West will be accelerated, not throughideological propaganda, but through the strategy of “perestroika,”leading to “convergence.”An Improved, Reorganized KGBOne can expect that the KGB will be converted into a neworganization with a Western-style name. The reorganization will bepresented as a reduction of the role of the service in Sovietsociety. But, because the KGB’s crucial role in promoting“perestroika” internally and abroad, the reorganization should notbe seen as a downgrading. Just as Dzerzhinskiy’s hated Cheka wasconverted into the more powerful GPU, so will the successororganization to the KGB be more powerful than its predecessor.The new service will work with kid gloves and more sophisticatedmethods. Internally, its resources will be devoted to the creationof controlled political plurality (“democratism”). It will create apseudo-social democratic party and Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanianand Muslim national parties: it will even set up Stalinist andanti-Semitic groups, to give a convincing impression of plurality.Naturally, the service will be behind these groups andparties—controlling and managing them in the interests of thestrategy and its objectives. The service will use its intelligenceand security assets, particularly its agents of influence in thenewly created national fronts, political groups and parties, tocarry out the strategy of “restructuring” attitudes and polices inthe West.The New Model Soviet RegimeThe Soviets will proceed with “perestroika” on the followinglines:1) A mixed socialist-market economy comparable to the Swedisheconomy will be established with one crucial difference. Soviet“capitalists” will in fact be secret Party members and Partypolitical tools. Their influence will be used in the interests ofthe strategy abroad. This is what Soviet maturity means.2) The Party will create controlled plurality a semblance of socialdemocracy in the USSR. It will not be difficult to do. Even theStalinist regime in Poland had nominally “non-Communist”“independent” parties. In fact, they were puppet parties.3) As a mature body, the Soviet parliament will play an active rolein the execution of the strategy abroad.4) The new parliament will be closer to the Swedish model—again,with one difference. It will use its contacts with Westerncolleagues to influence them towards cooperation and“restructuring” in the West.5) The Soviet Empire will not crumble as a result of nationalistunrest. The Party will create a stronger federation which will bein full control of foreign policy, defence and security but whichwill provide autonomy to the national Republics to run their ownlocal affairs.6) As the Party proceeds with successful “perestroika” in the USSR,both Russians and non-Russians will be increasingly inclined toaccept it and take part in the process. In the final analysis,their attitude will depend on Western support for Soviet“perestroika” and the improvement in their way of life.7) Successful Soviet “perestroika” will result in a Soviet regimeof pseudo-social democracy with a human face.8 ) At this juncture, the Party and the successor to the KGB willdo their utmost to exploit the image of their new model, theirprestige and the contacts and influence of the new parliament, thenational fronts, the political groups and parties and the Sovietcapitalists, to carry out the intended strategy of “restructuring”in the West.“Restructuring” in Eastern Europe and ChinaA consistent effort will be made to expand and deepen“restructuring” in Eastern Europe and China. The new models will belike Soviet “perestroika” in essence but will reflect the specificnational and historical features of each country.For instance, in Poland the model will include Communistpower-sharing with Solidarity and the Catholic hierarchy. InCzechoslovakia, the model will include the experience of 1968; inHungary the rehabilitation of the revolt of 1956; in East Germany,the desire for reunion with West Germany; and in China, it willreflect the Asian character of socialism, the desire for reunionwith Taiwan and the present close relations with the United States.Polish and East German “restructuring” should be particularlyclosely watched because of their relevance to the “restructuring”of Western Europe.“Restructuring” in Western Europe“Perestroika” in the USSR and Eastern Europe will be accompaniedby a determined Soviet political and diplomatic offensive tointroduce “restructuring” in Western Europe. Gorbachev and EastEuropean leaders will try to develop the present détente into closeeconomic, military, political, cultural and scientific cooperationto create “one Europe” without NATO and the Warsaw Pact. Aparticular effort will be made to develop close relations andcooperation with East European social democrats and the LabourParty in Britain—exploiting the new Soviet pseudo-socialdemocratic, mixed economy image. Attracted by this image andconvinced of its authenticity, the social democrats may wellrespond to this courting.East Germany will play a crucial role in the “restructuring” ofWestern Europe and of West Germany in particular. The appointmentof Valentin Falin, a leading Soviet expert on Germany, as head ofthe Central Committee’s Department of International Relations,indicates that the Soviets are preparing and counting on an EastGermany initiative. Such an initiative will probably be supportedby a Polish demarche such as revival of Rapacki plan for anuclear-free zone in Central Europe. This time, one can expect theSoviets to remove the Berlin Wall. There is no doubt that theirstrategists realize that they will be unable to proceed with thestrategy of “restructuring” in Europe without removal of the BerlinWall—just as they were unable to proceed without a Sovietwithdrawal from Afghanistan. Through removal of the Berlin Wall,the Soviets may be able to strike a new, Rapallo-style deal withthe West Germans, particularly with a Social Democratic government,entailing their departure from NATO and acceptance ofneutrality.Given that Soviet “perestroika” incorporates by design manyEuro-Communist positions (criticism of Soviet repressive practices,condemnation of the intervention in Czechoslovakia in 1968,broadening Soviet democracy), Euro-Communist parties will join andsupport the movement for “restructuring” in Europe which will givethem new opportunities for revitalizing themselves. They willattempt to establish unity of action with social democrats to bringabout “restructuring” in their own countries. Dubcek’s re-emergencefrom obscurity and his recent visit to Italy at the invitation ofthe Italian Communist Party supports the notion that theEuro-Communists will seek to exploit Soviet and East European“perestroika” to regain political influence in their own countries.Support for Soviet and East European “perestroika” by the Italianand French governments renders the socialist parties of thesecountries vulnerable to approaches from the Communists.“Restructuring” in the Third WorldAn active Soviet and East European offensive to carry out“restructuring” in the Third World can be expected. The presentSoviet readiness to contemplate and even encourage the settlementof armed conflicts by their proxies does not mean the abandonmentof their objective of Communist penetration of the regionconcerned. It represents no more than change of tactics. Thestrategy of “restructuring” broadens Soviet opportunities forgaining influence through the achievement of political solutions.The reformed regimes in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe willengage with the West European social democratic parties and theSocialist International in introducing and carrying out“restructuring” in the Third World and particularly in LatinAmerica. Exploiting the debt problem and the example of Soviet“perestroika,” they will seek unity of action with labour,religious, student, human rights and ecological movements. Theimpact of Soviet “perestroika” on these countries may be expectedto grow. The Mexican press is already drawing parallels betweenSoviet “perestroika” and political change in Mexico described as“Salinastroika.” The former Mexican communist leader made the samecomparison. Fuentes, the left-wing Mexican novelist, wrote recentlythat Salinas must become a Mexican Gorbachev if he wishes to changethe state of affairs in Mexico. Another example is the recent offerof the Salvadorean guerrilla leaders to disarm themselves if theSalvadorean army is restructured.These examples indicate the beginning of a trend towards“restructuring” in Latin America. The trend will accelerate if theUnited States begins to help it without taking into account theSoviet strategic design that lies behind it.