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Courtroom Sketch: THE FALL
Author: Yu. Dmitriyev
KGB Nabs Swindler as a US Spy
Courtroom Sketch: THE FALL. (By Special Correspondent Yu. Dmitriyev. Trud, May 14, p. 3. 1, 500 words. Abstract:) When KGB officers arrested Akper Radzhabov one morning and searched his Baku apartment, they found a highly incriminating letter on which instructions regarding certain spy activities had been written in invisible ink. The evidence eventually led to Radzhabov's conviction for espionage. Who is Radzhabov and how did he come to be a spy? Here is his story:
After graduating from the Moscow Food Industry Institute in the mid-'50s, Radzhabov went to work in Azerbaidzhan for the republic's planning agencies. His career advanced rapidly, and he soon became director of a caramel factory. While he was director, however, he violated financial discipline and labor laws, and embezzlement at the factory increased. Eventually he was fired.
Radzhabov next ensconced himself in the Baku branch of the Ail-Union State Design Institute for Dairy Industry Enterprises, where he served first as acting chief engineer and then as chief engineer, a position that gave him access to official forms and an official seal. The republic Ministry of Trade had allocated the institute's branch a certain number of authorizations for the purchase of private cars, which the administration was supposed to distribute among the institution's
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150 employees according to their merits. Instead, Radzha-bov conceived the scheme of selling these purchase authorizations to outside persons for substantial sums. He successfully enlisted the branch's director, A. Musa-Zade, in his scheme and employed a certain Dz'iangir Gamidov as a middleman to recruit clients, who paid from 800 to 2, 000 rubles for each purchase authorization. Radzhabov and his accomplices sold purchase authorizations for 19 cars in this fashion. A trial before the Russian Republic Supreme Court's Collegium for Criminal Cases later established that 23,000 rubles in bribes ...