The head of a U.S. group that the FBI says is a propaganda arm of the Kremlin has been charged by federal authorities with trying to hide $17,000 he allegedly received from a Soviet Communist Party affiliate.
Alan Thomson, 57, executive director of the National Council of American-Soviet Friendship, was released on a $100,000 personal recognizance bond after arraignment in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, before U.S. Magistrate John Caden. He did not enter a plea.The council has chapters in 25 states and has organized U.S.-Soviet tours and such events as the signing of the People's Peace Appeal at the United Nations, according to a 1987 FBI report called "Soviet Active Measures in the United States."
The one-paragraph federal indictment dealt only with the currency charge and did not refer to the propaganda activities alleged by the FBI.
Active measures are a form of intelligence, including disinformation, through which one power seeks to discredit another or to build up its own image through covert activities.