Legal residentura Rome

The residentura was important for obtaining information from political, business and economic circles. It focused on obtaining information on the activities of Czech and Slovak exiles (e.g. Jiří Pelikánand the magazine Listy). The main task was to build a network of agents in the Vatican. Other assignments were mainly related to the activities of the US, NATO and the EEC. In the 1970s and 80s, it worked together with the KGB in handling several agents. Journalist Ezzio Ciccarella (Huta) was a correspondent in Eastern Europe. In 1987, Irena Torettová – Trolerová (Lupina, Illan), an agent deployed to the Vatican, planted a bug in the desk lamp of Cardinal Casaroli, which has used directly by the KGB. Ingebor Mašatová (Ago), who worked as a translator at the information centre of the Jesuit Order, in the early 1970s was handed over to the control of the KGB. Giuseppe Ferrarini (Docent), a member of the Christian Democratic Party, who was turned in 1969 and two years later handed over to the KGB, was a personal secretary to several interior ministers of Italy. Ruggiero Orfei (Efo), a high-ranking Vatican diplomat, was acquired in the second half of the 1980s and handled in cooperation with the KGB. Arnošt Mašat (Caka), the father of the agent "Ago", was highly valued by the KGB since the 1960s. When implementing the successful operation "Vampire II" (1975), the Czechoslovak Intelligence Service in close coordination with the KGB (resident Gurgen Semenovič Agajan) attempted to assassinate Jiří Pelikán. The agents involved in the operation were Directorate I servicemen Milan Jelínek "Brodský" and Jaroslav Forst "Fukan" (fig. right). Residents: in 1956 First Lieutenant Josef Kuřík "Klíma", from1962 – 1971 Captain Ferdinand Viduna "Jaroš" (left), from 1971 Lieutenant Colonel František Pošťulka "Lamač (The Breaker)" (top left). From 1977 – 1982 the residentura was directed by First LieutenantVladimír Doležal "Cerman" (3rd Secretary) and from 1985 by Major Ing. Miroslav Čemus "Hojer".

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