October 7, 1988 |
The weekly Moscow News on Thursday printed a shocking description of mass executions conducted by Josef Stalin's secret police, describing how 100,000 Soviet citizens were systematically murdered in the southwestern Byelorussian republic before the 1941 Nazi invasion. Until now, Soviet historians have blamed the wholesale executions on German forces that occupied the area during World War II.
February 26, 1986 |
Mobs attacked luxurious homes belonging to former leaders of the Tontons Macoutes secret police today amid radio reports that 20 people had been poisoned by members of ousted President Jean-Claude Duvalier's private army. Two U.S. airlines, American and Eastern, canceled flights to the Caribbean nation today after thousands of protesters blocked off the Port-au-Prince airport Tuesday to prevent Duvalier supporters from fleeing the country.
March 29, 2000 |
The slush fund scandal spiraling around ex-Chancellor Helmut Kohl's Christian Democrats took another strange twist Tuesday with a report that the East German secret police kept files on the party's shady financial dealings as far back as 1976. The Berlin newspaper Der Tagesspiegel said it had found records of Stasi wiretaps of phone conversations by Kohl aides during the 1970s in which they spoke of funds in secret bank accounts.
November 20, 1992 |
Fresh fears of violence in Tajikistan arose Thursday, hours after a new parliamentary leader was elected and a deputy secret police chief was killed in an ambush on the streets of Dushanbe, the capital of the war-torn Central Asian state. The late-night assassination of Jurabek Aminov, a senior politician who had tried to broker a peace between Islamic fundamentalists and pro-Communist forces embroiled in a civil war, seemed certain to spark new bloodshed.
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May 26, 2000 |
Erich Mielke, the longtime head of East Germany's notorious secret police and spy apparatus, has died, a Berlin newspaper reported Thursday. The newspaper Berliner Kurier, in a report to appear in today's editions, said the 92-year-old Mielke died Monday at a Berlin home for the elderly. An official at the Berlin registrar's office confirmed that Mielke's death had been reported to the agency. Mielke headed the Ministry of State Security, known more commonly as the Stasi, for three decades.
December 28, 1989 |
For all but the last two weeks of this year, Communist Eastern Europe passed through one of the most remarkable political transformations in modern history, a massive upheaval that was accomplished with hardly a shot fired. The peaceful nature of the process was all the more remarkable for the fact that Communists in Poland, Hungary, East Germany, Bulgaria and Czechoslovakia had either been installed or held onto power through four decades by either outright violence or systematic coercion.
August 11, 2000 |
A Polish court ruled Thursday that President Aleksander Kwasniewski did not work for the Communist-era secret police, freeing him to run for reelection in October. The court issued its verdict a day after hearing testimony from former officers of the secret police who disputed suggestions in old police files that Kwasniewski, an ex-Communist, worked as an agent code-named Alek in the early 1980s. "I am very pleased.
May 9, 1990 |
Katarina Witt, East Germany's retired Olympic figure skating star, says--to her regret now--she passed up the chance to earn millions from Western sponsors by refusing to work for the Communist Stasi secret police. Witt, writing in the latest issue of the West German magazine Stern, said she had received offers from abroad worth a total of $3.1 million between 1984 and 1988 to advertise Western products.
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September 2, 1991
The benefits to the Soviet people of curtailing KGB operations could prove considerable. One appropriate analogy would be to liken the change to living in sunlight as opposed to a life of darkness. A massive, oppressive secret-police structure such as the KGB inhibits, represses and perverts many aspects of normal life. Candor and openness become a subversive activity. Artistic expressions have to pass absurd doctrinal tests.