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Terrorism - Made in USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics)

NCJ Number
Journal of Security Administration Volume: 5 Issue: 1 Dated: (June 1982) Pages: 75-85
R J Ceyba
Date Published
11 pages
The Soviet Union, through KGB personnel and its allies, has provided training, weapons, and funding to guerilla and terrorist groups throughout the world to undermine the interests of the United States and its allies in strategic countries.
The first overt move to establish the Soviet terrorist network occurred in January 1966 when the Tricontinental Conference opened in Havana, Cuba, attended by 513 delegates representing 83 groups from the Third World. The purpose of the conference was to devise a global revolutionary strategy to counter the global strategy of the United States. A short time later, a chain of training camps for guerrillas opened in Cuba under the supervision of a Soviet KGB agent. Cuba started training the world's emerging terrorists, and by the early 1970's Cubans were teaching in Middle East camps. Soviet dictates in subversive activities are imposed through directives issued by the Soviet Communist Party's Central Committee to the Central Committees of the satellite nations, through KGB officers placed in the headquarters of the satellite services, and through officers of the satellite services recruited as covert Soviet agents. East Europeans and Cubans are valuable auxiliaries of the Soviet Union, because they are often not perceived in the West as Soviet servants. Soviet involvement in terrorist activities can be documented for the Middle East, West Germany, Northern Ireland, Africa, and Central and South America. Particular efforts have focused on countries with mineral resources and strategic locations on international trade routes. Ten references and 10 bibliographic entries are provided.