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In the early 1970’s, Western propaganda caused much pain to the communist governments behind the Iron Curtain. When light fear is mixed with empathy, the propaganda war becomes very strong. It wasn’t aimed against the people, but against the government and they knew that. The “propagandists” like DW, BBC, RFE, or VOA wanted to convince people “that the violence of Stalinism could return.” On the other side, they questioned things like human rights, democracy, freedom, economic difficulties and socio-economic policies. It was very closely related to citizens. Consequently, the Soviet and the Soviet-backed governments knew they needed to counteract to win this war.
The Multilateral Meeting
The multilateral meeting of Bloc intelligence services (without Romania) was held in February 1976 in Prague. The Czechoslovak interior ministry initially suggested this meeting, but the Soviets dominated it. They agreed to a secret agenda to create chaos among their enemy’s soldiers…
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Source: “Soviet Bloc Intelligence Services Take Joint Countermeasures against Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty,” February 13, 1976, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, BstU, Berlin. MfS HAX 541. Obtained by A. Ross Johnson. Translated by Christian Ostermann. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/121518