Widow Spy TRIANON/TRIGON Timelines

See timeline chart for the TRIANON operation:

This research, done by Tolga Urcel, is based mostly on Marti’s book Widow Spy and Igor Peretrukhin’s Agent Codename – TRIANON

Click for Moscow map of possible Parkplatz location

Tolga Yucel

28th April 2018

Dear Martha,

I wanted to write you this letter earlier (in December 2017) but I just had some time now to write it. Firstly I am deeply touched by the events in your book. I was very sorry for your husband and I was also very sad that Ogorodnik was caught and had to end his life. You may ask how I did end up reading your book? I was reading Pete Early’s book called “Confessions of a Spy “ about Aldrich Ames in which your name with the events that took place in Moscow are mentioned in detail.

The reason I am writing to you is to clear some points to which I could not find any answers to. Maybe you can help me out. Actually you are the only person who can help me out.

I would like to mention the signal site “PARKPLATZ” whose description was given by Ed at page 166 in your book. But before reading the “The Widow Spy” I read the book of KGB Colonel Igor Peretrukhin (Игорь ПЕРЕТРУХИН), who took part throughout the TRIANON case and discovered that the KGB didn’t have any idea where the signal site “PARKPLATZ” was in order to trigger a dead drop meeting. But they already knew that you would be making a drop at “LES” on 28th June 1977 at Victory Park. But according to you, for the meeting on 28th June 1977 there was no need for a signal because the meeting was set in advance without the need of a signal and the KGB still parked the 2 authentic black Volgas with the same number plates at two different places to signal the timed exchange at LES on 28th June 1977. And one of them was parked at COLLONADE instead of WALK which was a big mistake by the KGB’s. And this was mentioned in the CIA’s message to Ogorodnik stating that the “LES” was still regarded as a safe place. By that time the KGB already arrested Ogorodnik on 22nd June 1977 at his apartment at Kransnopenskaya Nablyudeniya (sic naberezhnaya). One of my questions is, didn’t the Moscow Station get suspicious after seeing Ogordnik’s car signaling at the Collonade? Did you assume that he was trying to make the exchange at a place associated with the “Collonade” and is this the reason why the CIA said in their message to Ogorodnik that “LES was still regarded as a safe place to make the exchange”? If it is not still classified could you disclose the location of COLLONADE and WALK with their associated exchange sites. Below is the photo of Ogorodnik’s Volga with identical twin including the things in the rear window.



According to Igor Peretruhin 28th June 1977 the van parked on “Staromozhanskoye Shosse” and the man with a flashlight in the Victory Park were not connected with the KGB. That evening the KGB deployed and dispersed 120 man strong surveilance team in an area spanning about 1.200 meters throughout the Victory Park. They could not locate the drop site which originally was a car toss maybe 2 meters from the “Prospekt Marshal Grechko” according to your account. But they claim to have seen you exit the Victory Park to the south-east near the railway station. Meanwhile they intercepted the radio message from Frankfurt and deciphered it through Ogorodnik’s onetime pad they found in his flat at Krasnopenskaya Nablyudeniya. So to trigger a meeting they marked “DETI” on 14th July 1977 because they didn’t know where “PARKPLATZ” was and whose description was never given in any document or message.

Firstly, I assume that, Ogorodnik might have chosen PARKPLATZ as a signal place that would not raise any suspicion, my question is; was PARKPLATZ a place that he regularly would visit after work without raising the suspicion of anyone and was it a place where his friend, girlfriend or a relative lived? Because he described PARKPLATZ in Bogota it might have been a place he regularly visited even before he was posted to Bogota. To my big surprize the KGB could not establish Ogorodnik’s general pattern of movement in Moscow and they could not figure out PARKPLATS’s location which he used so many times. It really must have been such a good location which was above suspicion. I found some information in the book called “The Billion Dollar Spy” by David Hoffman that PARKPLATS was the location of his mother’s flat which I think was located about 500 meters from the Borodinsky Most (into the direction of Setun River) at “Berezhkovskaya Nablyudenia no:4”. If it is not still classified could you tell me where PARKPLATZ was and who lived there or if I am correct with “Berezhkovskaya Nablyudenia no:4”. (I arrived at this conclusion by finding an old Moscow map online and using Google Maps to plot your possible driving route form the embassy to your flat with the help of Ed’s description. I have attached a pdf file showing the possible location of Parkplatz).

Secondly, according to Igor Peretruhin’s account in his book “TRIANON”, the KGB grew suspicious on 10th June 1976, Thursday “11 days” before the timed exchange that happened on 21st June 1976, Sunday at LES where he received the log with the L-PILL from you. According to KGB’s surveillance report; Ogorodnik left his house 10th June 1976, Thursday evening at 21:20 with an umbrella (dizzling rain) walked to the bus stop at Konyushkovskaya Ulitsa and took the bus number 2 and got off the bus at Dunayevsky Street, he waited a couple of minutes switching to the next bus stop and got on to the bus number 45 and rode until the bus stop called “9th kilometer (9-й километр)” and got off. He then crossed the Kutuzovsky Prospekt and through the forest went to the Staromozhankoye Shosse and continued walking through the winding path until he reached the “Victory Monument of the Soviet People”. Ogorodnik sat at a bench near the “Victory Monument” stood up and went to the main alley leading to the park and returned to the “Victory Monument” again and sat at another bench across the previous bench for a couple of minutes again. He again stood up and walked through the thickets and shrubs to the “Staromozhankoye Shosse” reaching the crossroads of “Minskaya Ulitsa” from there he walked 810 meters on “Staromozhankoye Shosse” and came back through the same route to the cross roads with the “Minskaya Ulitsa”. At 20:20 hours from there Ogorodnik walked through the forest to the railway station into the south-easternly direction. At this point KGB discontinued their surveillance because they did not want to risk the detection of their surveillance teams. So they moved some of the surveillance to the Krasnopenskaya Nablyudeniya where Ogorodnik lived. They recorded Ogorodnik’s return to his flat at 23:45 hours the same night.

After this event the KGB made a collective meeting with the heads of the 7th Directorate (Surveillance), 2nd Chief Directorate’s 1st Directorate (Counter Intel US) and 7th Directorate (Counter Intel MFA, MGIMO & Foreign press). At the meeting besides Ogorodnik surveillance reports 1st Directorate (Counter Intel US) deputy chief Rem KRASILNIKOV announced that “Jack DOWNING” was making similar walks (as far as I understand at different times) which was not clear to them until they detected & established Ogorodnik’s “walk” on 10th June 1976 which indicated a correlation. Upon this finding the head of the 2nd Chief Directorate Grigory GRIGORENKO was notified and he gave the order to immediately stop surveillance and surveillance to be only made in exceptional cases and to exercise extreme caution. To minimize the risk of detection the KGB then began to look for an observation post opposite Ogorodnik’s apartment in the Krasnopenskaya Nablyudeniya.

The KGB especially after Ogorodnik’s evening excursion on 10th June 1976 began to look at his connections which took them almost six months until the beginning of 1977 and they didn’t find anything.

But according to KGB’s surveillance reports Jack DOWNING would come to the Victory Park with his car and would walk at a slow pace about the same route Ogorodnik walked that evening and would come to the Victory Monument from a different route while doing so he would closely examine the surroundings. I don’t think that Jack would be so careless to come to the Victory Park without any purpose. He would know that he is being surveilled by the KGB but according to my theory he would do so intentionally to draw the KGB surveillance so that every time he left the embassy or his house he would ensure that some surveillance teams constantly watched him and he would do so maybe at the same night of a planned exchange to draw KGB’s attention away from you (although you wouldn’t be surveilled), or one of your colleagues.

In July 1976 Igor Peretrukhin invited Ogorodnik to the KGB office located in the MFA building to foster their relationship. Ogordnik asked to use the office phone to call someone. He called a woman named Anna who was divorced and was also a personnel of the Soviet Foreign Ministry. Igor Peretruhin recalls Ogorodnik’s phone conversation very vividly. Ogorodnik told Anna “Anna I need you very much. I will be with you in 20 minutes.” I think Ogorodnik was trying to misguide the KGB by meeting various people with different backgrounds because he knew that he was under close watch. And by using the KGB office phone he was trying to convey a message to the KGB that he doesn’t have anything to hide and that he was even comfortable to use the KGB’s phone for this purpose. In Igor Peretrukhin’s book there was no mention of a surveillance report until April 1977. During this time the KGB mostly focused on Ogorodnik’s connections. There was even no mention regarding the meeting of the face to face meeting with Jack Downing and Ogorodnik which took place in August 1976. There were four sucessful exchanges between August 1976-December 1976. Could you tell me if still not classified in which park did Jack and Ogorodnik meet in August 1976?

But from January 1977 until April 1977 although Ogorodnik signaled at PARKPLATZ there were no exchanges. Until a meeting schedule was delivered to his car through his fly window at PARKPLATZ on 15th April 1977, Friday and exchange took place on 19th April 1977, Tuesday at LES. According to KGB surveillance report on 19th April 1977, Tuesday Ogorodnik came to his house at Krasnopenskaya Nablyudeniya at 18:50, left his house with his leather briefcase at 21:40. At 23.30 the objects car with the Moscow number plate MKSCH 42-92 was seen at the turn with Minsk on Staromozhayskoe Shosse. He drove to the entrance of the Victory Park. He stopped in the middle of the roadway and he sat 30-40 seconds behind the wheel. Then he drove onto Kutuzovsky Prospekt.”

According to Igor Peretrukhin’s book, Rem Krasilnikov with some confidence assumed that the walks between Jack Duncan who already left Moscow by that time and the behavior of Ogorodnik could have had some connection. Do you think this is a correct assumption?

The other thing I would like to ask is that you didn’t mention the “Sauna Event” which took place in May 1977 at the Chaika Swimming Pool complex. The KGB searched Ogorodnik’s belongings in his locker, they also searched his car and made copies of his flat keys. I know this from Igor Peretruhin’s book because he disclosed a message from the CIA to Ogorodnik. In this message CIA wanted to know more about the “Sauna Event”.

Another question Trigon signaled at PARKPLATZ on the scheduled Friday evening before the Saturday delivery date in a forest. Was the forest you skied “Bitzhevsky Park” which was 10 km from yours flat. The exchange site called VALUN (boulder). Could this be the prominent boulder in the photo below you mention in your book which is located in the park?

Before ending my letter I have a final question. You saw the signal at Deti which was a stenciled horizontal red line and you had a bad feeling about this signal but the Moscow Station still wanted you to carry out the exchange. Why did the Moscow Station let you proceed with the exchange at Krasnoluzhsky Bridge?

Below are some photos showing a member of the 7th Department (Surveillance) Viktor Peskov dressed in Ogorodnik’s clothes after his death. I guess KGB wanted to make sure that Ogorodnik was still alive and OK in the eyes of the Moscow Station. KGB may have arranged Ogorodnik’s twin show up at places where a member of the Moscow Station would observe him.

Thank you in advance for taking your time to read this letter.

I would really appreciate if you could answer my questions. I have attached a timeline of events from the “Widow Spy” and comparing the timeline with Igor Peretrukhin’s book “Trianon” which I made for myself to better understand the flow of events. I have also attached a file  which I think is a possible location for Parkplatz.

Sincerely Yours,

Tolga YUCEL

Parkplatz signaling spot

Key Soviet officials associated with the TRIANON/TRIGON case

After retirement, some of the KGB officers involved in the TRIANON investigation wrote books and  articles or were interviewed in podcasts and videos about the case. Some continued service in the FSB or SVR and retired in high positions. A few of the KGB veterans have commented about more recent intelligence operations, including specific active measures events. They have answered questions about KGB involvement in murders, the Skripal poisoning and interference the U.S. 2016 and other election.

The main investigation was conducted by a group of KGB officers detached to a special department within MFA headed by a colonel from the First Chief Directorate (FCD), foreign operations. In 1975 officers from the counterintelligence KGB Second Chief Directorate’s (SCD) 7th (later 12th) Department (foreigners in the USSR) were attached to this department as part of the Covert Security Service of the MFA.

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Semyonov, Yulian (Julian Semenov), author of book and producer of TV serial TASS Is Authorized to Announce , 10-part TV serial, which made the case famous.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs officals

Андрей Андреевич Громыко

Gromyko, Andrei Andreyevich, Minister of Foreign Affairs (MFA), 1957-1985

A little-known fact: In 1949 GRU and NKVD intelligence were combined and subordinated to the Intelligence Committee (КИ – Комитет информации) under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs . The KI controlled all military and political intelligence. Gromyko was its Deputy Chief. The GRU was returned to the military in 1952.

Gromyko was disliked by the KGB and reportedly interfered with the investigation of TRIANON/TRIGON.

“… the implementation of operational materials was delayed more than six months, largely because of intrigues between the leadership of the Foreign Ministry and the KGB, of course. The Chief of the Security Service of the Foreign Ministry, General Kurushev (sic, Kuryshev) repeatedly informed the Minister, Andrei Gromyko, about Ogorodnik, whose response was something like this: “There are no traitors in the Foreign Ministry.”[i]

Zemskov, Igor Nikolayevich, Deputy Minister Ministry oi Foreign Affairs (MFA) 1973-1982

  • As Deputy Minister MFA, under Zemskov’s jurisdiction was the MFA’s Covert Security Service (zakonspirovannaya sluzhba bezopasnosti). The Chief of the Security Service was KGB Colonel Mikhail Ivanovich Kuryshev; it was manned largely by officers from the KGB Second Chief Directorate’s (SCD)’s 7th Department (foreigners in the USSR). Igor Peretrukhin ran the TRIANON investigation from the Security Service of the MFA. The Security Service was also referred to as the Special Department (spetsotdel), Spetsgruppa, gruppa, or just the sluzhba.[ii]

KGB officers involved in the TRIGON/TRIANON operation

Юрий Владимирович Андропов

Andropov, Yuri  Chairman of the KGB

Семен Кузьмич Твигун

Tsvigun, Semen Kuzmich, General of the Army KGB, 1st Deputy Chairman of the KGB. He considered the TRIGON/TRIANON case a failure and did not want to approve awards and medals for KGB officers. He was overruled by Andropov. There is juicy speculation over his relationships, activities, and his death: suicide or murder.

Russian Wikipedka under -Цвигун, Семён Кузьмич

First Chief Directorate (FCD) USSR / Первое главное управление (ПГУ) КГБ СССР – foreign intelligence

1st Department of the FCD, USA /1-й отдел ПГУ (США)

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Михаил Иванович Курышев
  • Kuryshev, Mikhail Ivanovich, KGB Colonel[iii]. In 1973, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Covert Security Service was created. This Security Service played the primary role in conducting the TRIANON investigation. Kuryshev was detached from the First Chief Directorate (FCD) as Chief. It was manned by and subordinated to the 7th (later 12th) Department of the KGB Second Chief Directorate. Its employees were part of the MFA Special Department (spetsotdel). The activities of the Security Council were supervised by Deputy Minister I. Zemskov.

Kuryshev was an Illegal in Vienna; with Oleg Kozlov participated in the December 1975 kidnapping in Vienna of Nicolas Shadrin (alias for Nikolai Fyodorovich Artamonov / николай федорович артамонов

Second Chief Directorate USSR (SCD) / Второе главное управление КГБ СССР (ВГУ)

Григорий Федорович Григоренко

Grigorenko, Grigoriy Fyodorovich, KGB Lieutenant General, Chief of the Second Chief Directorate 1970-1982; Responsible for the overall TRIANON operation.  See Wikipedia for Григоренко, Григорий Фёдорович

Виталий Константинович Бояров

Boyarov, Vitaliy Konstantinovich, retired KGB Lieutenant General, First Deputy Chief of the SCD. Head of the investigation to catch Ogorodnik. See Wikipedia for Бояров, Виталий Константинович

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Евгений Михайлович Расщепов

Rasshchepov, Yevgeni Mikhaylovich, KGB Major then Lieutenant General, 1960s-1997, Chief of the First Department of the SCD (Counterintelligence against USA).

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Рем Сергеевич Красильников

Krasilnikov, Rem Sergeyevich, Major General KGB, Deputy Chief SCD and Chief Second Department (UK) of the SCD. Expert in countermeasures against the American intelligence services of that time. He had worked in the Second Chief Directorate since 1949. During the 1980s, he was Chief of the First (American) Department within the KGB’s Second Chief Directorate, which placed him in charge of investigating and disrupting the operations of the Central Intelligence Agency in Moscow. Prior to that he headed up the Second Department of the SCD, which targeted the intelligence operations of the United Kingdom. From 1979 until his retirement in 1992 he was the Chief of the First American Department. Author of: “The Ghosts from Tchaikovsky Street” (Geya publishing house 1999); [Translator: Tchaikovsky Street here means the American Embassy]. Also Spy Hunters: KGB vs. MI-6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rem_Krassilnikov

Obit March 2003 New York Times by James Risen

KGB vs. MI-6 (КГБ против МИ-6. Охотники за шпионами) video


Second Chief Directorate’s Seventh Department (foreigners in the USSR) / 7th Department of the SCD / 7-й отдел ВГУ

Combating terrorism, monitoring foreigners with emphasis on watching intelligence officers working under cover at embassies and representations

Kevorkov, Vyacheslav Yervandovich, Major General KGB, Chief 7th Department of the SCD (work with the MFA). Author of General Boyarov, which has a chapter called TRIANON. Prototype of KGB General Konstantinov in the novel by Yulian Semenov TASS is Authorized to Announce and the 10-part film with the same name.  Russian Wikipedia under Кеворков, Вячеслав Ервандович

Peretrukhin Igor Konstantinovich, KGB Lieutenant Colonel (later Colonel), retired, 1978 Chief of the 7th Department of the SCD (foreigners in the USSR); attached to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Clandestine Security Service for the period of the investigation; author of book Agent Codename TRIANON, which presumably presents the KGB’s “official” version of events. Book available only in Russian.

Consultant to TV teleserial TASS is Authorized to Announce

Almost the exact book published later as “What TASS Did Not Announce: The True Story Игорь Перетрухин / О чем не заявил ТАСС. Подлинная история “Трианона”

Obit

Leytan, Nikolay, Senior Lieutenant KGB, Seventh Department of the SCD, attached to MFA Security Service. Received medal For Combat Merit for his role in  the TRIANON investigation.

Molodtsov, Vladimir (“Volodya”) V., Captain (later made colonel), 7th Department of SCD KGB, attached to MFA Security Service. Received medal For Combat Merit for his role in  the TRIANON investigation.

  • ? Molodtsov, Yuri  – in Peretrukhin’s book, probably error
  • For Combat Merit : Молодцов и   «За боевые заслуги»

Shitikov, Vladimir, 7th Department of the SCD  attached to MFA Security Service,  awarded Medal for Combat Merit (or Yuri Shitikov in Peretrukhin’s book)  “sent to staff the Seventh Department for Work at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Sedmoy otdel po rabote po MID): Grechayev, Udalov, Shitikov, Leytan, and Molodtsov” Received medal For Combat Merit for his role in  the TRIANON investigation.

Udalov, –  Seventh Department of the SCD, attached to the MFA Security Service. Received medal For Combat Merit for his role in  the TRIANON investigation.

Kostyrya, Vladimir Ivanovich, Colonel, Deputy Chief of Kevorkov’s SCD 7th Department’s OTS (production of technical monitoring equipment /7-й отдел (изготовление технических средств наблюдения)  

Seventh Directorate KGB USSR (Surveillance) / Седьмое управление КГБ СССР (“семерка”)

Алексей Дмитриевич Бесчастнов

Beschastnov, Aleksei Dmitriyevich, Lieutenant General KGB. Chief of the Seventh Directorate 1974-1981

Калабашкин (Колобашкин) Михаил Георгиевич

Kalabashkin, Mikhail Grigoryevich, Major General, Deputy Chief of the Seventh Directorate in charge of surveillance and technical support (spelled Kolobashkin on the Sword and Shield website: КОЛОБАШКИН Михаил Георгиевич (на 1977 г.). In Igor Peretrukhin’s book Agent Codename TRIANON, for the 15 July 1977 Operation Setun, Marti Peterson’s capture, “… Seventh Directorate Major General Mikhail Grigoryevich Kalabashkin led the external surveillance and technical support forces.”

Prelin, Igor Nikolayevich, retired KGB Colonel, an outspoken officer who appears in a number of articles and TV videos, including American History (Heroes) Channel’s documentary Shadow Ops. One of the prototypes for Slavin in TASS is Authorized to Announce TV serial.

– Featured on Top Secret The True Story of TASS is Authorized to Announce.

– In American History (Heroes) Channel’s documentary Shadow Ops. Col. Prelin sheepishly admitted that after giving a practical demonstration of her martial arts abilities, one of the KGB officers “couldn’t have sex for two years.”

Resurrection: The Struggle for a New Russia By David Remnick

Zaitsev, Gennady Nikolayevich, KGB Lieutenant General, assigned to the KGB 7th Directorate (Surveillance). In August 1977 (a month after the capture of Marti) he was named commander of Spetsnaz Alpha Group. Not to be confused with the younger Vladimir Nikolayevich Zaitsev, who was assigned to his Alpha Group unit.

[i] What TASS was not Authorized to Announce…  (see translation); original Russian:

Zaitsev, Vladimir Nikolayevich, Captain, In several articles called the “Legend of legends,” KGB karate champion. Worked in the 7th Directorate and wore a militia uniform at the ambush of Martha Peterson at the bridge, during which “he aided his struggling subordinates by grabbing her hand and squeezing her wrist, breaking her watchband.” Marti described him as handsome and spiffy in his uniform. She has a famous sense of humor and decided to flirt with him, swapping hand squeezes. A quote from The Widow Spy:

  • “Glancing down, I saw that my watchband on my left wrist had popped open in the melee. Following my eyes, the militiaman looked down. He gently adjusted and clasped the watchband. I realized then that we were actually holding hands, this young man and I. So, the devil made me do it, I squeezed his hand twice. Damned if he didn’t squeeze back. I’m sure he was amazed that this young woman had been arrested. Could she really be a spy?”

From Wikipedia” “… CIA Spy Arrests 

From 1985 to 1992, [Vladimir Nikolayevich] Zaitsev participated in operations to capture 13 spies of the CIA and intelligence units of the other Western countries. Information about US intelligence was provided by Aldrich Ames (sic), and it was Zaitsev’s group who was considered the most preferable for capturing the them. In particular, Zaitsev took part in 1977 in the arrest of CIA spy Martha Peterson, officially the vice-consul of the US Embassy, ​​and the detention of the recruited CIA Alexander Ogorodnik (Trianon), who committed suicide during the attempt to detain him. Zaitsev said that before the operation he dressed in the uniform of a militia officer, and during the operation grabbed Peterson’s hand and broke her wristwatch band, which contained a microphone connected to a recording device.”

Captain Zaitsev was commander of the 4th Section [otdeleniye] of Gennady Zaytsev’s Spetsnaz Alpha Group. He was praised especially for his training role. He eventually retired as KGB colonel and Deputy Chief of Spetsnaz Alpha Group.

http://nvo.ng.ru/spforces/2004-03-05/7_ogorodnik.html

Left to right: Marti, Sharovatov, and Vladimir Zaitsev

Sharovatov, Viktor, Colonel – MK newspaper 21 Feb 1997 signed by Sharovatov; Marti; Sharovatov, center over Marti’s left shoulder; and Zaitsev (right, in uniform) at the seizure on the bridge. In the skit of Catch them in the Act, Sharovatov is one of the officers who seized Martha Peterson on the bridge.

Yerofeyev, Lt.  Colonel, Chief of one of Sharovatov’s Service (Sluzhba) sections (nachalnik otdeleniya sluzhby). Included in the skit of Catch them in the Act along with Col. Sharovatov. He  captured Marti at the bridge and was briefly knocked unconscious by a karate kick.

Inzhevatov, Senior Lieutenant, In the skit of Catch them in the Act, one of the officers who participated in the capture of Martha Peterson on the bridge

Kotov, Oleg  – author of several articles  – author of What TASS was Not Authorized to Announce, March 2005, Independent Military Review

Solomin, Igor  – in room with Kevorkov when Ogorodnik committed suicide

Kalugin, Oleg – KGB Major General, in his First Dirctorate (1994) met with Karl Koecher in Prague about on Ogorodnik, pg. 187-188 “In the mid-1970s, the Czechs had managed to re-establish contact with one of their agents who had fled to America following the events of 1968. The Czech immigrant had taken a job as a contract employee of the CIA, and he ad access to internal CIA communications as well as messages intercepted by the agency around the world. The Czechs made contact with the man in Washington, and he agreed to resume working for them. Most of the information he supplied to the Czechs was of of little value, but he forwarded the names of three Soviets in Columbia who were targets of CIA recruitment. One was a diplomat named Ogorodnik.”

Czech intelligence had “the CIA mole” return to Prague, where he and his wife Hana were debriefed. Kalugin thought he was a double agent for the CIA.

Sudoplatov, Pavel Anatolyevich, Lt. General KGB / Special Tasks / Судоплатов, Павел Анатольевич , Генерал-Лейтенант КГБ, Специальные операции

Cardinals go to Hell  http://vilavi. ru/prot/card/card3-2. shtml

https://e-news.su/politics/262862-tass-upolnomochen-zayavit-glazami-cru-kak-marta-peterson-obvela-kgb-vokrug-palca.html 18:53 / 02.02.2019

  • “doubts that Ogorodnik committed suicide”

Americans

Bob Fulton

Fulton, Robert, CIA Moscow Station Chief 1975-1977

Gardner “Gus” Hathaway

Hathaway, Gus, CIA Moscow Station Chief 1977-1979, died 2013

Jack Platt and Gennadi Vasilenko

Platt, Jack “Cowboy” – CIA Station Chief Moscow who was friends with KGB case officer Gennadi Vasilenko. Vasilenko was released from imprisonment in the spy trade for 10 Russian illegals in the US, including Anna Chapman.

Endnotes

[ii] http://shieldandsword.mozohin.ru/kgb5491/reserv/min/mid.htm  “In 1973, the KGB Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ clandestine Security Service (законспирированная) служба безопасности КГБ МИД (Министерство иностранных дел СССР) was created. It was subordinated to the 7th (then 12th) Department of the KGB Second Chief Directorate (SCD) under the Council of Ministers of the USSR. Its employees were part of the Special Department (спецотдел) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the activities of the Security Council were supervised by [MFA] Deputy Minister I. N. Zemskov.” (создана законспирированная Служба безопасности МИДа, подчиненная 7-му (затем 12-му) отделу ВГУ КГБ при СМ СССР (2 Главное управление (контрразведка). Ее сотрудники числились в составе спецотдела МИД, деятельность Службы безопасности курировал заместитель министра И.Н.Земсков)

Also Wikipedia entry in Russian under Земсков, Игорь Николаевич

From Igor Peretrukhin’s Agent Codename TRIANON on this security group (gruppa) or security service (sluzhba) in the MFA: “In the extremely complicated international situation during the Cold War, when the intelligence services of the opponent stepped up their activities, the Second Chief Directorate perfected its work methods. There were subunits with new functions both directly in the directorate and beyond its boundaries in the form of security services in facilities with possible agent penetration. In 1975 one such service was created within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR.

The creation of the Security Service did not happen without some difficulties associated with the ambiguity of evaluating its future activities in the leadership circles of the ministry. But eventually Andrey Gromyko gave his consent. After that, a group of operatives led by Col. Mikhail Ivanovich Kuryshev for the first time officially entered into the staffing of one of the ministry departments and occupied the rooms given to them in the building on Smolenskaya Square. Besides this, a number of officers from other units of our department, and also graduates of the higher school of the KGB of the USSR who earlier had graduated from civilian higher education institutions and then undertook language training, were sent to staff the Seventh Department for Work at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Sedmoy otdel po rabote po MID): Grechayev, Udalov, Shitikov, Leytan, and Molodtsov. It was determined that Kuryshev’s communications with the minister on all questions would be carried out through the Deputy Minister, Igor Nikolayevich Zemskov.” 

[iii] http://www.shieldandsword.mozohin.ru/personnel/2019/kuryshev_m_i.htm

Famous Soviets

An American Girl Beat Up KGB Speznaz Guys. A True Story

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An American Girl Beat Up KGB Speznaz Guys. A True Story

1 February

To the man in the street, special forces units of the KGB are associated with such concepts as “insurmountable force” and “invincibility.” But have Alpha and Vympel always won over spies and bandits? Or were there chapters of defeat or even comical moments in the history of the KGB Spetsnaz? Today we will tell you about one of them.

[Translator: NOT Martha Peterson!]

Background

The Trianon Case.  The most famous traitor of the Cold War era. It is about the capture of a CIA informant in the Soviet Foreign Ministry – Alexander Ogorodnik, they even made the film about it: TASS Is Authorized to Announce. The traitor was caught, thanks to a tip from a KGB informant in the CIA – Aldrich Ames, but Ogorodnik did not live to see the trial: he committed suicide in detention. After the capture of Ogorodnik there was the issue of figuring out just who the CIA officer who worked with him was, so a 24-hour posting of KGB special forces “Alpha” was set up at the spot where the traitor and the CIA case officer exchanged information. Spetsnaz forces were ready at any time to pounce on the American and detain the intelligence officer.

Александр Огородник

Alexander Ogorodnik

The Fight on the bridge

The information exchange point was located on the Krasnokaluzhsky Railway Bridge. It was a secluded place and random people didn’t go there. Any person who passed by the CIA cache was recorded and carefully studied. And it was only three months later that an official of the American Embassy appeared at the bridge.

Схема тайника ЦРУ

CIA cache sketch

The official turned out to be Martha Peterson – a well-known drunkard and a woman of easy virtue. The KGB officers were shocked! No one expected that this slutty woman would turn out to be a CIA intelligence officer, and her whole history of alcohol addiction and promiscuous relationships – it’s her? Surveillance did not follow Peterson at all, she was considered a regular, piddling employee of the State Department.

Марта Петерсон

Martha Peterson

And now came the moment of truth – Martha walked up to the drop point. Immediately, “Alpha” Spetsnaz  forces rushed out from pre-equipped shelters. Inexperienced in the detention of women, the Spetsnaz guys tried to delicately ask the lady to come with them. The answer was not long in coming. Martha Peterson quickly kicked one Spetsnaz guy in the shin, another trooper got a fist in the groin. A fight broke out.

Задержание Марты Петерсон
Martha Peterson Captured

Martha Peterson’s Detention

Later it was learned that Martha Peterson had a green belt on taekwondo; this largely explained Martha’s phenomenal ability to resist several well-trained KGB Spetsnaz troopers. The fight lasted about a minute. Martha struck, dodged the hands of the officers and shouted out using good Russian cursing. It took the four Spetsnaz guys about a minute before they managed to subdue the “fragile” woman. A lot of spy equipment was found on Martha and she was deported from the country. In her memoirs, Martha Peterson explained her behavior by wanting to warn Ogorodnik about the danger of being captured; at the time she did not know that the traitor was no longer alive.

Марта Петерсон после задержания
Martha Peterson and Consul-General Cliff Gross

Martha Peterson after Detention

“The Fight on the Bridge” was Martha Peterson’s most vivid memory of working for the CIA. This story is also reflected in the lives of the heroes of the Russian intelligence services because Peterson’s detention was led by Captain [Translator: Vladimir Nikolayevich, later Colonel] Zaytsev, who in the future became the first head of the KGB Special Operations Center. He also laughed a lot when he recalled this ridiculous incident on the Krasnokalsk Bridge.

Sources:

  • Alexey Kostenkov “TASS Is Authorized to Announce” through the eyes of the CIA: How Martha Peterson wrapped the KGB around her finger;”
  • Warhead magazine, Alexander Dobrovolsky
  • “Chekists staged a forced striptease on the captured American spy;” Moscow Komsomolets newspaper

Comments [Translator: a short sampling]

Vadim Brook 4 months

How can you hit a woman? So the guys were confused.

Answer

Dobryy

4 months

A clever lady. She would have taught the Chekists a lesson but she was done in because there so many of them! And now the oligarchs have Everything and the People have Squat. In the end, what did we fight for.

Answer

Ivan Ivanov

4 months

KGB officers were not supposed to leave any sign of a fight on her body, so Peterson resisted the detention team for several minutes. By the way, it is not a green belt in taekwondo: Martha Peterson is the owner of a black belt in karate and is the United States champion.

Answer

Another 50 comments out of 88 …

 [Translator: The author also references Alexander Dobrovolskiy’s article “Chekists Did a Forced Striptease on Captured American Spy; ” Newspaper Moskevsky Komsomolets and Novye Vedomosti at https://nvdaily.ru/info/165291.html 

Александр Добровольский “Пойманной американской шпионке чекисты устроили принудительный стриптиз”; газета Москвовский Комсомолец

The Russian investigation, fiction and truth

Martha Peterson and TRIGON as Seen by the Russians

In her book The Widow Spy, retired CIA officer Marti Peterson describes her life and events leading up to joining the CIA, her training and assignment to Moscow, handling agent Aleksandr Ogorodnik – codename TRIGON, and her capture in July 1977 by the KGB. A year later, the Soviets published an article in Izvestia,  accompanied by incriminating photographs, giving  their version of this case. Translations with the photos were published immediately in newspapers and magazines around the world.

The Widow Spy

In 1979 novelist and film producer Julian Semyonov, who had access to KGB files on TRIANON (the codename was actually TRIGON), wrote TASS Is Authorized to Announce…, a fictionalized version of the actual TRIANON case. But it was not until 1984, when the 10-part Russian TV Series of the same name came out, that the “TRIANON” case became well known in the Soviet Union. It was produced by Vladimir Fokin and Semyonov and used actual KGB veterans as consultants. Over KGB objections, TASS Is Authorized to Announce was released as a a diversion for Soviet TV viewers to coincide with the opening and alternative to the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, which the Soviet boycotted. The series was immensely popular and is still shown in re-runs in the Russian-speaking world.

In the late 90’s, following the breakup of the Soviet Union, many more details of the case appeared in Russian media. KGB officers involved in the case published articles and gave TV interviews. One veteran, Colonel Igor Peretrukhin, published a book dealing almost exclusively with the subject, Agent Codename TRIANON. Interest in this subject by Russian journalists and others has continued up to the present, and in recent years there has been commentary by Russian writers who have read The Widow Spy in English. Peretrukhin’s book and the articles provide many interesting details about how the KGB purportedly conducted the TRIGON operation, but it has a number of contradictions and errors.

Agent Codename – TRIANON, author KGB Col. Igor Peretrukhin (available in Russian only)

TRIGON, Not TRIANON

In his book Agent Codename TRIANON, Igor Peretrukhin stubbornly insists that the KGB had proof that CIA agent Aleksandr Ogorodnik’s real CIA codename was TRIANON, not TRIGON. This is possibly simply the matter of a mishearing by a source within the CIA. Plus KGB officers who were reluctant to admit they were wrong.

A resounding counterintelligence success for KGB or a blunder?

Hana (left), an unknown couple, and Karl (Karel) Koecher (right). Koecher was a Czech double-agent hired by the CIA.

Although usually called a “resounding counterintelligence success” by the KGB, the TRIGON case was a blunder. The KGB routinely watched the American men at the embassy whom they knew or suspected were CIA officers. Martha ascertained early in her travel around Moscow that she was not being followed, and the CIA Chief of Station detailed her to handle Ogorodnik. She was eventually betrayed by double agent Karl (Karel) Koecher, a Czech double-agent “defector” who had been hired by the CIA and entrusted to handle the transcription of taped conversations between CIA officers and Ogorodnik in Bogota. Koecher reported back details which made their way to the KGB, including critical information that CIA had recruited a foreign ministry officer who was scheduled to return to Moscow in 1974. It took two and a half years before Ogoronik was caught and the KGB set up an ambush to capture Marti. They were expecting a male, and at the time of capture they had no idea who she was until they found her diplomatic card.

TV Series TASS Is Authorized to Announce

The TRIGON case is much better known in Russia than in the US. A major reason is the immensely popular 10-part Russian TV Series TASS Is Authorized to Announce…, which first appeared in summer 1984. KGB officers who had actually worked on the case were advisors for the script and filming. It gave a fictionalized account of the TRIGON case (the Soviets thought the CIA codename was TRIANON), names were changed, and the early events took place in an African country, not Colombia. The CIA villain turned out to be an elderly male, not an attractive young woman, and was caught by good detective work.

The TASS Is Authorized to Announce series is still shown on TV and available in Russian on Russian streaming sites and continues to elicit articles and commentary. Over the years much more information has become available to the Russian public, and many now know this case was not a “resounding counterintelligence success” of the KGB but a blunder, and there are a number of conspiracy theories circulating about what really happened and why. Here is one of many descriptions in Russian media, written in 2004 by Oleg Kotov in Independent Military Review:

Julian Semenov, author of Izvestia article For Whose Benefit, and novel and TV Serial TASS is Authorized to Announce

“Twenty years ago, for the first time Soviet television viewers saw the action movie TASS is Authorized to Announce, based on the novel of the same name by Yulian Semyonov, which tells the story of the KGB operation to investigate an American agent who was an employee of the Foreign Ministry, Alexander Ogorodnik, who, according to the official version, committed suicide during his arrest. Since then, the story provided the basis for a variety of articles, books, and television programs. One of the TV versions – “Secret Intelligence” – was shown last week on NTV. Strictly speaking, no secrets were revealed. As previously unknown details, it was said that Nagonia in Africa was in reality Colombia; during the covert operation, a double of Dubov-Ogorodnik was used; Martha Peterson was arrested on Krasnoluzhsky Bridge and not a male diplomat; and that the white Volga vehicle was black. However, testimony of participants and eyewitnesses to the events in the mid-1970s left huge room to reflect about their true motivation. A totally plausible version is that on the one hand, presented as a resounding counterintelligence success, the exposure of a Foreign Ministry official as a traitor primarily was intended to rid a senior party leader of an “undesirable” potential relative, and the KGB leadership – of an inevitable scandal. On the other hand, it was not at all a blunder for the Americans, who most likely intentionally gave up Ogorodnik to cover their more valuable Soviet agents.”

The senior party leader mentioned above was Konstantin Viktorovich Rusakov, a Secretary of the Central Committee CPSU USSR and father of Ogorodnik’s fiancée at the time of his death, Olga Konstantinovna Rusakova. Several others involved in the case, including double agent Karel Koecher, are  also skeptical that Ogorodnik committed suicide.

Senior KGB officers present their versions

“[T]estimony of participants and eyewitnesses to the events in the mid-1970s” was given a by number of senior KGB officers from the Seventh Directorate (surveillance and protection of diplomats) and the Second Chief Directorate (SCD, counterintelligence). Some of these officers were advisors to Yulian Semyonov for his TASS is Authorized… book and TV series. Most, naturally give self-serving accounts of their activities, but others acknowledge that the KGB blundered.

  • Peretrukhin, Igor Konstantinovich, KGB Lieutenant Colonel (later Colonel), retired, 7th Department of the SCD (foreigners in the USSR); attached to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Clandestine Security Service for the period of the investigation; author of book Agent Codename TRIANON.
  • Prelin, Igor Nikolayevich, retired KGB Colonel, an outspoken officer who appears in a number of articles and TV videos, including American History (Heroes) Channel’s documentary Shadow Ops. Col. Prelin sheepishly admitted that after her practical demonstration of her martial arts abilities, one of the officers “couldn’t have sex for two years.”
  • Boyarov, Vitaliy Konstantinovich, retired KGB Lieutenant General, First Deputy Chief of the Second Chief Directorate (SCD, “Glavk”) of the KGB (Ret[P1] [CE2] .). Head of the investigation to catch Ogorodnik.
  • Kevorkov, Vyacheslav Yervandovich, Major General KGB, Chief of the 7th Department of the SCD (for work with the MFA). Author of General Boyarov, which has a chapter called TRIANON. Prototype of KGB General Konstantinov in the novel by Yulian Semenov TASS is Authorized to Announce and the 10-part film with the same name.
  • Kostyrya, Vladimir Ivanovich, Deputy, Colonel, Deputy Chief of Kevorkov’s 7th Department.
  • Krasilnikov, Rem Sergeyevich, Major General KGB, Deputy Chief First Department (USA) of the SCD, expert in countermeasures against the American intelligence services of that time. He had worked in the Second Chief Directorate since 1949. From 1979 until his retirement in 1992 he was the Chief of the First American Department. Author of: “The Ghosts from Tchaikovsky Street” (Geya publishing house 1999); [Translator: Tchaikovsky Street here means the American Embassy].
  • Grigorenko, Grigoriy Fyodorovich, Lieutenant General, Chief of the Second Chief Directorate 1970-1982; Responsible for the overall TRIANON operation.
  • Leytan, Nikolay, Senior Lieutenant KGB, Seventh Department for Work at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Rasshchepov, Yevgeni Mikhaylovich, Major General KGB and later Lieutenant General 1960s-1997, Chief of the First Department of the Second Chief Directorate KGB USSR (Counterintelligence against USA).
  • Shebarshin, Leonid V., Lt. General KGB, in late 80’s Chief of the FCD. Wrote interesting articles and authored The KGB’s Last Battle
  • Zaitsev, Gennadiy Nikolayevich, General-Lieutenant KGB, assigned to 7th Directorate KGB (Surveillance), Later Commander of Spetsgruppa “A” (Alpha). Several online articles misidentify him with Vladimir Nikolayevich Zaitsev, who was assigned to his Alpha Group unit.
Marti, Col. Sharovatov, and Capt. Vladimir Zaitsev
  • Zaitsev, Vladimir Nikolayevich, retired as KGB colonel, born 1948, commander of 4th Section [otdeleniye] of Gennadiy Zaitsev’s Spetsnaz Alpha Group. He was praised especially for his training role. Worked in the 7th Directorate and wore a militia uniform at the ambush of Martha Peterson at the bridge, grabbed her hand, squeezed her wrist, and broke her watchband. Marti described him as handsome and spiffy in his uniform, and he sat next to her during the drive to Lubyanka. She has a famous sense of humor and decided to flirt with him and they exchanged hand squeezes.  A quote from The Widow Spy:
  • “Glancing down, I saw that my watchband on my left wrist had popped open in the melee. Following my eyes, the militiaman looked down. He gently adjusted and clasped the watchband. I realized then that we were actually holding hands, this young man and I. So, the devil made me do it, I squeezed his hand twice. Damned, if he didn’t squeeze back. I’m sure he was amazed that this young woman had been arrested. Could she really be a spy?”

From Wikipedia” “… CIA Spy Arrests 

From 1985 to 1992, [Vladimir Nikolayevich] Zaitsev participated in operations to capture 13 spies of the CIA and intelligence units of the other Western countries. Information about US intelligence was provided by Aldrich Ames, and it was Zaitsev’s group who was considered the most preferable for capturing the them. In particular, Zaitsev took part in 1977 in the arrest of CIA spy Martha Peterson, officially the vice-consul of the US Embassy, ​​and the detention of the recruited CIA Alexander Ogorodnik (Trianon), who committed suicide during the attempt to detain him. Zaitsev said that before the operation he dressed in the uniform of a militia officer, and during the operation grabbed Peterson’s hand and broke her wristwatch band, which contained a microphone connected to a recording device.”

Most accounts attempt to present the KGB in a favorable light and “cover up” their failure to surveil Martha Peterson. Missing the irony that they she fooled the KGB completely by playing her cover role, Peretrukhin uses character assassination to try to rationalize their failure, describing her as a party girl, alcoholic, and lady of easy virtue. However, several KGB officers even Peretrukhin could not hide a grudging respect for her professionalism and fooling them so completely.

TRIGON had a significant effect on the KGB of the late 1970’s. Failures by the KGB Seventh Directorate, in charge of surveillance of foreigners within the Soviet Union, and Second Chief Directorate and its 1st Department, responsible for counterintelligence against the Americans, changed their training techniques. …

Peretrukhin’s Book Agent Codename TRIANON

In his book Agent Codename TRIANON, Igor Peretrukhin’s gives his (and probably the official  KGB) version of how they caught Foreign Ministry officer Aleksandr Ogorodnik and his CIA handler Martha Peterson. KGB Lieutenant Colonel Peretrukhin worked on the case while attached to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) Covert Security Service, which was subordinate to the 7th Department of the Second Chief Directorate (SCD) of the KGB. Peretrukhin credits good detective work as the main reason for isolating Ogorodnik as a CIA agent and catching Martha Peterson.

Although Colonel Peretrukhin spoke of Martha Peterson in a negative and insulting manner, he unwittingly praised her skills in handling Ogorodnik by admitting the value of the intelligence gained by the CIA. He quoted Semyon Kuzmich Tsvigun, KGB Colonel General, First Deputy of the Chairman of the KGB USSR, who when addressing the comparative value of the loss of intelligence caused by Ogorodnik and Oleg Penkovsky, said that the latter was a “mangy puppy.”

Peretrukhin was also an advisor for the TV serial “TASS is Authorized to Announce… ,” an immensely popular 10-part series based on the TRIGON case.  However, some key details were changed: the country of recruitment was changed from Colombia to a fictional African country, and the American CIA contact officer from the American embassy was an elderly male, not an attractive 30-year old female. And in the TV series, as in the book, the CIA case officer and the Soviet Foreign Ministry officer were caught mainly due to good detective work by dedicated KGB professionals.

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Captured at Krasnoluzhsky Bridge

In Shadow Ops, a TV documentary series, Episode 1 “Codename: TRIGON,” included interviews with KGB Colonel Igor Prelin, who worked on the case:

  • She played her cover as a “party girl” perfectly, and the KGB had no idea she was CIA so did not follow her

In Agent Codename – TRIANON, here is what Igor Peretrukhin had to say:

“Martha had appeared at the embassy rather recently. Based on the results of scrutinizing her, it was established that she arrived in the low-level position of a technical officer; her husband-officer had died in the Vietnam War. She was a woman of easy virtue and obviously addicted to alcohol. Once she was actually seen sleeping on a staircase landing of the housing quarters in a drunken state.

“During trips around the city, she did not arouse any suspicions by her behavior. A bit later she was appointed to the position of vice-consul, which guaranteed her diplomatic immunity. It was suggested that she warmed some chief in her bed, which provided her the opportunity to get a promotion. Gradually, against a background of active work by established American intelligence officers, our interest in her to a large degree was lost.”

In The Widow Spy, Martha Peterson said the KGB never watched her.

Later in his book Peretrukhin described the situation during the capture operation:

“In the evening of the same day, on July 15, 1977, the attention of the External Surveillance Service was drawn to the fact that Martha Peterson parked a Zhiguli automobile with license plate D04-589 in one of the deserted side streets near the Rossiya Cinema where at that time there was a festival of Soviet and foreign films. She left the car and went into the cinema. She was in a light white dress and the hair on her head was in a topknot. About an hour later she appeared again. After she went to her car, she sat in it for a while and then changed her clothes to dark trousers and the same jacket, let her hair down and, having transformed herself totally, she looked like one of our modest local girls. Leaving the car, she went towards Gorky Street. In accordance with the order of Operations Headquarters, further surveillance on her was terminated.

Martha Peterson says this is fiction; she did not go to a cinema that evening.

“The known CIA officers were also not surveilled that evening since it was clear that one of them would be coming to the area of the Krasnoluzhsky Bridge. The removal of surveillance was necessary as Americans had repeatedly told their agent:

“We assure you that we will come to the drop location ONLY IF THERE IS NO SURVEILLANCE.”

In his book, Peretrukhin describes her capture:

“The Capture Group, led by Kostyrya, was on the scene in two or three minutes, literally. Martha Peterson — and it was exactly she — had already gone down the steps and been seized by surveillance officers. She was frightened from surprise, but quickly collected herself and started to shout loudly to warn TRIANON, who was supposed to be somewhere nearby about the incident, and she mounted active resistance. She knew karate techniques and made a few kicks to our Department officer Lyudmila Dmitriyevna Nazarova’s groin and thigh, who had run up to conduct a personal search.” And later: “… after the struggle at the Krasnoluzhsky Bridge during detention of the American, L. D. Nazarova was compelled to ask for medical care at the KGB Polyclinic, where she underwent the necessary course of treatment.”

“Since it could not be excluded that an ampule with quick-acting poison might be hidden inside them, we also seized weighty gold charms depicting an ostrich chick and a fig on a chain of the same metal. Everything happened not without insults to our officers. But after V. I. Kostyrya gave her an appropriate reply in his good English, she drooped and stopped shouting.”

“When leaving the car, Martha saw a group of people and the camera flashes of our officers. Mistaking them for foreign correspondents, she raised her hand up and said loudly in English: “I have no problems with Soviet authorities!”

Martha Peterson says this never happened.

It was NOT Ms. “Nazarova” that Martha kicked in the groin. Rumors around Moscow at the time were that Martha Peterson had put two KGB officers in the hospital. Martha says she thought the two male KGB officers were thugs who were trying to rape her, so fought for her life, using whatever means she could against them, including Tae Kwon Do techniques.

That the kicks were not at Lyudmila Nazarova, but men, was confirmed by Colonel Igor Nikolayevich Prelin, a retired KGB officer who served in the 7th Directorate (surveillance of foreigners). Interviewed for a TV documentary series Shadow Ops/Codename: Trigon,  Prelin said he ran into one of the officers whom Marti “kicked in the groin” a few years later. He confessed that after leaving the hospital “he couldn’t have sex for a couple of years.” Prelin was also adamant that it was nonsense that the KGB would not have surveilled Martha Peterson because she was a woman, since the KGB often used females in operations. Prelin is a retired KGB Colonel who served overseas tours, and has written several books (unfortunately, all in Russian). 

See: Shadow Ops at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DAxKsbWCcY

  • Peretrukhin Got this one wrong:

“ … the US Consul in Moscow, Mr. Gross, and his wife drove very quickly to the reception room. His wife remained in the car. After introducing himself he walked into the reception room. Although he tried to hide it, he looked visibly alarmed. He had watches on the wrists of both hands. Grechayev and I were both members of the Operational Group and we assumed that one wristwatch had a recorder or a microphone which transmitted to the car where the consul’s wife was waiting.

Comment: Mr. Gross was awakened at an early hour and rushed to Lubyanka, unaware that he was wearing two watches. American technology of that time was good, but not that advanced!

And only after instructions of the Chairman of KGB of the USSR Yuri Andropov, who was at that time under treatment at the Kislovodsk Sanatorium “Red Stones,” were the gold charms with the chain which belonged to her personally and had been seized during detention returned to her, she said thanks in Russian: “Spasibo!”

  • Marti spoke only English at her capture and played the “dumb tourist girl” role. If the KGB had any idea who she was, they would have been aware that she spoke excellent Russian, was listening to their conversations, and would not have spoken so freely. Russians widely assume that foreigners do not speak their language.
  • Not Martha Peterson:

“… But the career of Martha Peterson did not end on this point. She worked in one of the Eastern European countries. Currently, the former “vice-consul” of the American Embassy in Moscow teaches at one of the CIA intelligence schools.

Comment: Marti never served in any Eastern European country.

  • The KGB was looking for a male in an automobile, not a female on foot:

During the scheduled 28 June drop, the KGB was looking for a male and had no idea Martha walked right past them: “In fact, it turned out that the American intelligence officer, contrary to our assumptions, did not use a vehicle, but came on foot to the southern edge of the park from the Moskovskaya-Sortirovochnaya Railway Station, where, apparently, he noticed a man and an unfortunate vehicle which had nothing to do with us.”

Aldrich Ames did not recruit TRIGON

Some articles written by KGB officers involved in the TRIGON case say Aldrich Ames finalized the recruitment of Aleksandr Ogorodnik in Bogota. In his article TASS is Authorized to Announce: Through the Eyes of the CIA: How Martha Peterson Wrapped the KGB around Her Finger, Aleksey Kostenko writes:

“Conspiracy theories exist around the history of Trianon. 

“For example, that the Americans deliberately “leaked” a frightened and less useful agent in order to divert attention from the still unknown more serious “moles.” Or that Ogorodnik was deliberately allowed to kill himself during the capture, so that he would not tell unnecessary details about his relationship with his new fiancée – the daughter of the Secretary of the CPSU Central Committee, Konstantin Rusakov.

“And the irony of fate is that Ogorodnik was recruited in a Turkish bath by a CIA officer named Aldrich Ames. In 1985, he himself betrayed his country, becoming the most important KGB agent in the CIA system. Ames leaked two dozen critical agents to Moscow – which is considered the biggest leak and disaster of American intelligence in the history of the Cold War.

“Betrayal is contagious.”

Aldrich Ames was not involved in the recruitment of Aleksandr Ogorodnik.


 [P1]Do you want to put his history that Peretrukhin mentions? There is at least a paragraph describing his career beginning in 1945.

 [CE2]I haven’t decided yet – still thinking…


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