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Tscherim Soobzokov

Tsherim Soobzokov (24 August 1924[citation needed] – 6 September 1985[1]) was a Circassian man accused of collaborating with the Nazis during the invasion of the USSR and serving as a Waffen-SS officer. {An SS record of March 13, 1945 lists him as a SS Oberstrumfuhrer}[2] Soobzokov denied these charges and sued CBS and the New York Times. He was notably supported by Pat Buchanan[3] and Congressman Robert Roe.

In 2006, declassified documents of the Central Intelligence Agency confirmed that Soobzokov had been a CIA agent in Jordan and that the agency had misled the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service on Soobzokov's Nazi past.[4] This was part of a wider post-World War II program of the CIA's of collaborating with former Nazis living in hiding.[5] Historian Richard Breitman concluded based on these documents[1] that Soobzokov had indeed strong ties to the SS and that he had admitted to the CIA his participation in an execution commando searching for Jews and Komsomol members.[1][6]

On 15 August 1985, a pipe bomb set outside his home in Paterson, New Jersey critically injured Soobzokov.[7][8] He died of his wounds in the hospital on 9 September 1985.[9] An anonymous caller claiming to represent the Jewish Defense League (JDL) said they had carried out the bombing. A spokesman for the JDL later denied responsibility.[10]

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