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Cryptonym: AEGAIN

Definition:
Artush Oganesyan.
Status:
Documented
Sources:

104-10172-10264: MFR CIA DEFECTOR WATCH LIST FOR THE SECRET SERVICE, https://www.archives.gov/files/research/jfk/releases/104-10172-10264.pdf

The document is a less redacted version of a prior release that features (https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=16292&relPageId=2) a list of compiled defectors the Secret Service was given by the CIA for surveillance operations during the visit of Russian Premier Leonid Brezhnev in the 1970s. Various Agency departments including the Domestic Contacts Service, Counterintelligence Staff, and the Psychiatric Staff recommended selected defectors for inclusion. It states that AEGAIN is Oganesyan.

104-10431-10006: DEVELOPMENT AND RECRUITMENT APPROACHES TO AMERICANS THE SOVIET SECURITY THREAT IN THE DETENTE PERIOD

The document states "A KGB defector, Oganesyan, provided a copy of the 1969 KGB Alphabetical List of Agents of Foreign Intelligence Services, Defectors, Members of Anti-Soviet Organization, Members of Punitive Units and Other Criminals under Search Warrants. In this list the KGB listed Subject and his wife as under the sentence of death for revealing Soviet State secrets."

U-Oct. 1993- Of Moles - Molehunters - A Review of Counterintelligence Literature- 1977-92, p. 55, https://www.cia.gov/library/center-for-the-study-of-intelligence/csi-publications/csi-studies/studies/vol53no4/pdf/U-Oct.%201993-%20Of%20Moles%20-%20Molehunters%20-%20A%20Review%20of%20Counterintelligence%20Literature-%201977-92.pdf

In a CIA review of Counterintelligence literature offers "...a young KGB lieutenant named Artush Oganesyan who brought the latest issue of the KGB's 'Watch List' when he crossed the Soviet border into Turkey...Oganesyan provided other valuable information as well, but in the eyes of James Angleton, the 'Watch List' cast suspicion on the defector because it contained the name of Yuri Nosenko. The counterintelligence chief thought his suspicions confirmed when Oganesyan and his young wife suddenly redefected to the Soviets. Current CIA officials and Brook-Shepard do not share this view."

Contributors:
Carmine Savastano

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