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The Communist Party of USA, What It Is, How It Works

The Communist Party of USA, What It Is, How It Works

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The relations between the Communist Party and the Soviet
Embassy are nowhere specified in the official constitution of the

party.

They are

highly consphatorial and limited to a few selected individuals.
With the facilities available to this

subcommittee, we can

only sketch

the pattern of this

relationship from isolated instances which cor-

roborate each other.
In his book, Men Without Faces, Louis F. Budenz, former

managing
editor of the Daily Worker, has described the mechanism as he saw it

in

operation as follows:

Unobserved, the chosen comrades entrusted with the reception of Moscow's
directives got them by hand from a courier, some apparently obscure person who

in turn had received them either from the Comintern representative or

directly

from the Soviet consulate or

embassy. During the latter

part of

my work in the
party this was Felix Kuzman, a former member of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade,
who conveyed the brief directives from Gerhart Eisler to the Ninth Floor.
Another courier of this

type who ran between the Soviet consulate and Bittelman

was the former White Russian officer

Sergei Kournakoff. * * *

Someone in the

offices

tliere, [at the consulate] in

turn, received the orders in the diplomatic mail

pouch or in code by cable.

According to

Budenz, those in touch with this

pipeline to the Soviet

Embassy included

only such trusted insiders as Earl Browder, Eugene

Dennis, Jack Stachel, Alexander

Trachtenberg, Alexander Bittel-
man, Robert William Weiner, also known as Welwel Warczower,
and the representative of the Communist International, Gerhart

Eisler. The majority of these or

possibly all of

them, were accom-

plished Russian

linguists.

Sergei Kournakoff, mentioned above, died in Moscow on

July 5,
1949. He was the \vi-iter of numerous articles and books on Soviet

military matters. His

frequent contributions to the

Daily Worker

were carried under the

pseudonym "Veteran Commander."

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