Recently presented (PDF) the study Commission for the study of KGB documents is a long name "the Manifestation of Soviet ideology and propaganda in the work of Latvian tourists-exiles Riga branch of the all-Union joint-stock company "Intourist" (1957-1958)".
The study focuses on the work of a bunch of "Intourist"-the KGB in Soviet Latvia and reveals the intricacies of the reception of foreign tourists in the USSR. Most of them are well known to all who are not intimately familiar with the Soviet period of Latvian history: the persistent attention of the "authorities" to the guests of the LSSR, a thorough treatment of propaganda, control of movement on the territory of the Republic, visits of strictly defined objects with demonstration of a happy, prosperous Republic, where people live as happy and prosperous people.
But much more interesting is that this study gives an understanding of the difficulties faced by the Central intelligence Agency (CIA) of the United States at the turn of the 1960-ies when "designing" the Baltic States and the implementation of a special project on the use of Latvian workers. The project was named AEBALCONY and, thanks to the laws of the United States to disclose information, the key points today readily available (PDF of the first document) for the study.
- 1. The only "civilian" CIA project in the Baltic States
- 2. REDSKIN — "legal espionage"
- 3. Lost in translation
- 4. In spite of the enemy burned native hut
- 5. Patriotism is a scarce commodity