Harbingers of the Holodomor. The Year 1929
In the archives of the Intelligence, a document of the gpu of the ukrainian ssr, dated 1929, was found, entitled “On the next tasks in working with the active Ukrainian counter-revolution” and with a note at the top – “Keep on a par with the cipher”. Three years before the start of the large-scale famine in Ukraine, it traces how stalin's special services recorded “an invisible surge of anti-soviet activity in villages”, the revival of insurgent committees, infiltration of UPR intelligence officers from abroad into all regions to incite villagers to resistance. At the same time, the chekists themselves had been escalating the situation and portraying it as extremely threatening to the existence of the soviet government, in order to soon launch the flywheel of the repressive machine at full capacity and finally tame the Ukrainian freedom-loving spirit.
Josyf Slipyi. Under “Monakh”’s Operational Surveillance in the Vatican
The gesture of moscow's “goodwill” associated with the release from the camp of a prominent church figure, head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) Josyf Slipyi and granting him permission to travel abroad, as it turned out, had its explanation and continuation. Declassified documents from the Branch State Archive of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine show that the kremlin set certain conditions and then tried to closely monitor his every step and deed through kgb agents.
Nestor and Halyna. In the gpu’s Close “Embrace”
Among the various centers and political wings of the Ukrainian emigration, a separate direction in the gpu was set aside for work on the former Makhnovists. Special attention was focused on Nestor Makhno, for whose cultivation they tried to use people from his inner circle. In order to find out about the secret plans of the insurgent otaman, the chekists abroad even resorted to persuading his wife Halyna Kuzmenko to side with them. How this happened and how soon she was “thanked” for her cooperation we can learn from hitherto unknown declassified documents from the archives of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine.
Bohdan Stashynskyi. Assassinations. Post Scriptum
On October 12, 1957, kgb agent Bohdan Stashynskyi killed Ukrainian politician and publicist Lev Rebet in Munich, and on October 15, 1959, OUN leader Stepan Bandera. In October 1962, a court in the German city of Karlsruhe sentenced the perpetrator of these crimes and condemned the organizers – soviet special services led by the kremlin leadership. Many articles, books, and monographs have been written about these political assassinations and the course of the trial. At the same time, a thorough study of declassified documents from the archive of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine makes it possible to find out the hitherto unknown details of those high-profile events and correct some traditional interpretations.
“Special Operation “Necro”. Declassified Stories from the Intelligence Archive”
The ADEF-Ukraine Publishing House has just published the book “Special Operation “Necro”. Declassified Stories from the Intelligence Archive”. This book is about the war on the secret front that the kremlin and its secret services have been waging against Ukraine's aspirations to defend its statehood for more than a hundred years.
Dmytro Andriyevskyi. Architect of the Restoration of Ukraine’s Independence
The name of Dmytro Andriyevskyi often appears in the documents of the nkvd/mgb/kgb of the ussr, which relate to the fundamental moments of the creation and activities of the OUN. He is mentioned as one of the main theorists and ideologists of Ukrainian nationalism and the struggle for restoration of Ukraine’s independence. The case file, which was opened in moscow at Lubyanka in 1934, was code-named “Architect”. Now declassified documents from the Branch State Archives of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine make it possible to find an answer to the question why he was so dangerous for the kremlin authorities.
Roman Shukhevych. The Last Report of the Commander-in-Chief of the UPA To the 116th anniversary of his birth (June 30, 1907)
A look at the last years of the life and work of UPA Commander-in-Chief Roman Shukhevych through the prism of declassified documents of the NKVD/MGB of the Ukrainian SSR shows that he had no illusions about how a free and independent Ukraine should emerge, namely, by force of arms in a fierce struggle against Muscovites. To this end, according to him, it is necessary to thoroughly study the enemy, know his moods, psychology, strengths and weaknesses and, which is very important, not to have disbelief in our ranks. He wrote about this in his last report, a handwritten version of which was found in the archival funds of the Intelligence.
For the Liquidation of Konovalets – A Three-Room Flat and 1,000 Rubles to Buy Furniture
In the archival funds of the Intelligence there are materials that shed light on some details of a large-scale operation to liquidate leader of the OUN Provid Yevhen Konovalets, which was carried out on May 23, 1938 by Pavlo Sudoplatov on the direct orders of Joseph Stalin. New evidence of the Bolshevik regime’s crime against the Ukrainian liberation movement is based on written reports of one of the main defendants in the case, Vasyl Khomiak, an especially valuable agent of the GPU/NKVD of the Ukrainian SSR, who acted under the pseudonyms “Lebed” and “82” and who managed to infiltrate the killer into the close circle of the leader of the Ukrainian nationalists under the guise of his relative.
Pavlo Skoropadskyi. In the Zone of Special Attention of the NKVD
Through an in-depth study of the archives of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine, documents have been found that reveal new pages from the life and work of Hetman of Ukraine Pavlo Skoropadskyi and testify to the degree of Soviet special services’ (GPU, NKVD, NKGB in 1920s- 1940s) interest to his person and the Hetmanite movement in exile in general in 1920–1940. Along with the materials previously declassified and published by the SZRU, this makes it possible on the eve of P. Skoropadskyi’s 150th birthday, marked on May 15, to understand why he posed such a danger to the moscow bolshevik authorities.
Intelligence of the UPR. Unknown Pages in Its Activity
Among the archival documents of the GPU/NKVD of the Ukrainian SSR, which were accumulated in letter cases with the names “Counterrevolutionary Petliurivshchyna (the Petliura movement- Transl.)”, “Petliurites”, “UPR”, etc., there are often references and messages that shed light on hitherto unknown pages of the liberation struggle, which was not stopped by representatives of the UPR Intelligence in exile. The most valuable of this is the information about those who led the unequal struggle, believed in the restoration of Ukraine's independence and did not make any compromises with the enemy and own conscience.