WHO IS RIGHT ABOUT Tt-UN
TESTIMONY OF IGOR BOGOLEPOV
RE AMERICAN FOUNDATIONS
Excerpted from the Hearings of lhe Select Committee to investigate Tax-Exempt
Foundation!) and comparable organizationsi House of Representatives, 82ml Congress,
2il -«'—ion on II. Res. .>ol
Mr. Kcclc. Air. Bogolepov, will vein
state your name for the record and the
spelling of it. please, for the reporter.
1/r. Bogolepov. AIv lirsi name is Igor.
I-■_'-!>-r. einel my lei-t name is Bogolepov.
1/r. Keele. How long have you been
in this country. Air. Bogolepov?
Mr. Bogolepov. Since hist April.
1/r. Keele. Wlie-re' were' you horn?
1/r. Bogolepov. I was born in Siberia
in 1901. '
1/r. keele. Did you ever hold any office under the Soviel government or
with the Soviel government?
Mr. Bogolepov. Yes, I did.
1/r. Keele. What was the office or of-
fices, and during wheel period of time?
1/r. Bogolepov. Well, after graduating
from Ihe University of Petrograd in
1925>. I served the Soviet Foreign Office,
in the1 Soviel Foreign Office, and I was
uith this organization, with some inler-
ruption for lln- Red army missions inside and outside, until 1911 . . .
Mr. Keele. Whal was your work in
the S..\ iel Foreign Office?
1/r. Bogolepov. In the Foreign Office
I was mostly concerned with legal matters, international law, League of Nations, disarmament, security, and the last
position before my transfer to the- Baltic was the counselor of the Foreign
Office. We- have had two counselors,
one for political affairs, and the second
for legal affairs. I was for foreign affairs.
1/r. Keek. Will you just tell us a bil
more aboul that. As a counselor, whal
were vour duties, emd whal rank did
theit place you within the Foreign Of-
ti'i'. eunl who were your superiors at
FIFTH RANKING IN FOREIGN OFFICE
Mr. Bogolepov. We-ll. my superior
was the Foreign Minister. I was directly under him. and if you leikc ei- ei
foreign minister or commissar, as he
was called al that time, he has deputies.
which were four in all. I held the fifth
position in the Foreign Office.
Mr. Keele. Wllee was till' (le illlllli-sar
for the Foreign Affairs at tbat time?
1/r. Bogolepov. 1 wnrke-el firsl uneler
Litvinov, then under Molotov for a
1/r. Keele. Under Litvinov and under
Mr. Bogolepov. That is right.
1/r. Keele. When did you first become
aware, Mr. Bogolepov, of the American
foundations, such as the Rockefeller
and Carnegie groups? When did you
firsl learn of them or hear of them?
1/r. Bogolepov. I can't give you a
precise date, of course. It was approximately in the end of 1920 when, in the
library of our Foreign Office, I gol the
publications eef Carnegie Endowment
for International Peace relating to the
investigation of the origin of World War
I . . . only later in approximately 1935,
19%. I became informed about the
existence of these foundations ev officio.
Starting with this time, in correspondence with the Soviel Embassy in Washington, which I read in my capacity as
counselor, eiml Vice Deputy Director 'if
League of Nations Division of the Foreign Office in Moscow, more than often
I saw mentioned die name of Carnegie
Endowment, and Rockefeller Foundation, in the' reports, as I said, of our
Embassy in Washington . . .
SOVIETS GAVE ASSIGNMENTS
Each Soviel Ambassador abroad is
supposed to send the reports, regular
reports, to the Foreign Office, eiml
monthly reports, quarterly and yearl)
reports aboul his actii Ities, emd I rceul
about this foundation, these foundations,
mostl) in the reporl e.l the Soviel Ambassador in Washington, when he -eii.l
what kinel of people he or his officials
meet from these foundations in this
period of time, what kind of assignments they gave to these people or
through other people to these foundations or to these foundations through
American Universities or publishing
houses, et cetera, et cetera, el cetera. He-
gave the names of the people whom his
agents met. and unfortunately 1 can't
give any names because I didn't pay
any attention to his name, and it was
such a big amount of names that really
I became confused. I just registered in
my memory the fact that with every
year the number of mentions of these
foundations became more and more
numerous, and the people involved in
this machination of the Soviet Embassy
in this country became also greater
1/r. Keele. Do I understand that you
mean lhal in connection with the reports
thai Oumansky made, the Soviet Am-
bassador to Washington, that he mentioned the name's of people whom he or
his officials or agents had contacted,
who had some connection with the
Rockefeller or the Carnegie Foundations, and thai he reported whal they
-eiid with reference to publications or
projects nr nther ideas favorable t"
the Soviet Union; is thai correct?
Mr. Bogolepov. Thai i- right, or I
can even specify, in my testimony before the Ah'Carrein committee this spring
I lold on ihe questions of Senator Ferguson that the majority of subversive
operations in the field of infiltration of
ideas, einel which were favorable for the
Soviel Union, the money which was paid
for such services rendered was nol Soviel money bul American money.
UNIVERSITIES INFESTED BY
Mr. Keele. I low did llicy manage to
get American monev for lhe propagation of ideas favorable to the Soviet
Mr. Bogolepov. That is, I guess, the
reason whv they were' became Interested in the foundations, for foundations
have money, and they put their peop»
in these foundations or connected the
people' who were sympathetic to communism in these foundations, and the)
got the money fnr the right man outside ihcse foundations, and in sorrtf
universities, like Columbia or Yale ot
Stanford, which eire known to me, mostlj
infested by Soviel sympathizers, and se
the Soviel Embassy itself weis nol obligated to spend much money.
Mr. Keele, You have- mentioned the
names nf three American universities,
Columbia. A'ede and Stanford.
Mr. Bogolepov. That is righl.
Mr. Keele. Did those names appeal
also in those dispatches, the names el
1/r. Bogolepov. Yes. sir; more tha*
1/r. Keele. Weis there a time on occasion when you yourself were offered
assistance by one of these foundations!
Mr. Bogolepov. Acs sir. il weis on'
time in 192!! or beginning of 1929 wheij
I weis in Geneva as ei secretary general
of one of the Soviel delegations, of on»J
of the international conferences heW
in Geneva under the auspices of th1'
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