Vladimir Kuzichkin

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Vladimir Anatolyevich KuzichkinВладимир Анатольевич Кузичкин (born 1947) [1] was a Soviet KGB (PGU KGB SSSR) officer, major who defected [2] to the Tehran Station of the British secret intelligence service in 1982. Information on Soviet agents in Iran that he passed on to MI6 was subsequently provided by the agency, along with the CIA, to the Khomeini regime, which executed many of the agents. [3] Ali Agca claimed that major Kuzichkin ordered him to kill John Paul II. [4]

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He published his memoirs in English in 1991 with the title of Inside the KGB: Myth and Reality. [5]

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  1. "Kuzichkin, Vladimir, 1947-". WorldCat . Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  2. Andrew, Christopher; Mitrokhin, Vasili (5 September 2000). The sword and the shield: the Mitrokhin archive and the secret history of the KGB. Basic Books. p. 640. ISBN   978-0-465-00312-9 . Retrieved 20 April 2011.
  3. When Reagan first helped Khomeini, The Times, 21 November 1986
  4. Strzelał nie tylko Ali Agca? Rzeczpospolita, Eva Losinska, 13 May 2011
  5. Kniazkov, Maxim (1 April 1991). "Inside the KGB: Myth and Reality". Washington Monthly. Retrieved 3 August 2013.