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Cryptonym: AECOTTAGE-1

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Unknown identity. A January 14, 1965 cable stated that AECOTTAGE-1 was an alleged protege of Aleksandr Adzhubey, the son-in-law of Soviet President Nikita Khrushchev.
LICOOKY-1 (Viola June Cobb) was to contact and assess AECOTTAGE-1.


11/20/64: CIA Weekly Summary: Page 8/28:..."The only other casualties were Vasily Polyakov, who had been deeply involved in Khrushchev's recent agricultural schemes, and Khrushchev's son-in-law Aleksey Adzhubey...and Adzhubey was expelled from the central committee for 'mistakes in his work...'"


01/13/65: Cable from Rio de Janeiro: Slugline REDWOOD AECOTTAGE: "REF: DIR 31926, JUNE 64. 1. There indication that AECOTTAGE-1 attempting obtain MEXI visa. If he actually travels MEXI, suggest attempt access using LICOOKY-1. 2. Index AECOTTAGE."

104-10266-10017: CABLE RE AUDIO OP

01/14/65: Cable from Director to Mexico City (Orig: George Finney, SR/O/WH): REDWOOD: "1. RIOD audio op against AECOTTAGE apartment summer 64 indicated continued marital strife. See para 2 Ref B. AECOTTAGE allegedly protege of Aleksandr Adzhubey but no indication noted yet this detrimental AECOTTAGE. AECOTTAGE and family left RIOD for home leave USSR 30 Aug 64. Per RIOD Station AECOTTAGE currently shows no indications vulnerability. However, more assessment data needed. 2. Action para one Ref B still authorized for use LICOOKY-1 to contact and assess AECOTTAGE."

104-10266-10016: CABLE RE USE OF LICOOKY-1

01/15/65: Cable from Mexico City to Director: Slugline REDWOOD AECOTTAGE: "1. Will use LICOOKY-1 try contact and assess Subj. Alternate possibility is utilize LICUFF-1, who press type in social contact with (REDACTION). 2. Please cable Subj's ETA, any info developed on particular activities and contacts planned here by Subj. Handwritten note - O2: Stated prod audio op against AECOTTAGE apartment summer by indicated continued marital strife. More assessment data on AECOTTAGE needed."


03/21/93: Associated Press article on the New York Times website: Headlined: "ALEKSEI ADZHUBEI, EX-IZVESTIA EDITOR: Aleksei I. Adzhubei, the son-in-law of Nikita S. Khrushchev and former editor of the newspaper Izvestia, has died, a Russian television station reported. He was 68. The report, on the main Ostankino television channel on Friday, gave no details. Mr. Adzhubei, who was married to Khrushchev's daughter, Rada, lost his prominent editing and Communist Party posts when the Soviet leader was ousted from power in 1964. After serving in the Soviet Army from 1943 to 1945, Mr. Adzhubei became a journalist and a member of the editorial board of the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda from 1951 to 1957, then was its chief editor from 1957 to 1959. In 1959 he became editor of Izvestia, one of the Soviet Union's most influential newspapers. He became a member of the Communist Party's Central Committee in 1961. The day after his father-in-law was ousted on Oct. 14, 1964, Mr. Adzhubei resigned as editor of Izvestia. One month later, the Central Committee expelled him for what it termed "errors committed in his work." In 1965 he was relieved of his duties as head of the Soviet Journalists' Union. Acquaintances said he drank heavily after that. In 1967 he was involved in an automobile accident in which the car he was driving struck and seriously injured a woman. Charges of drunken driving were subsequently dropped. Mr. Adzhubei is survived by his wife, an editor at the monthly magazine Science and Life."

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