CIA: Mordekh Abramovitch Kakiashvili

Robert Delaware filed this request with the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States of America.
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Due March 8, 2019
Est. Completion March 9, 2021
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From: Robert Delaware

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Documents related to the imprisonment, trial, and execution of Mordekh Abramovitch Kakiashvili. Kakiashvili was an Orthodox Jew who was executed in March of 1962 in the then Soviet city of Tbilisi, Georgia. Mr. Kakiashvili's death sentence and subsequent execution drew significant condemnation in the international media.

Here is a link to an article in the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, which discussed his execution in 1962:

In your search for documents related to Mr. Kakiashvili, please do NOT include the single CREST document ("Persecution of Jews in the Soviet Union") that is included in the General CIA Records. Here is a link to that document:

Please include in your search any possible correspondence from Congressman Steven Derounian to Director John McCone, or any other employee of the Central Intelligence Agency, that mentions Mordekh Abramovitch Kakiashvili. Congressman Derounian described the persecution of Mr. Kakiashvili as a "show trial" in remarks submitted into the congressional record on June 22nd of 1962.

Please include in your search any correspondence between members of the American Jewish community to Director McCone, that mentions Mr. Kakiashvili.

Please also include in your search any collection or analysis of the coverage of Mr. Kakiashvili's case that was printed in the Soviet "Zaria Vestoka" (alternate spelling: "Zarya Vestoka") newspaper at the time. An article entitled "The End of the Pack of Wolves" was published in the Zaria Vestoka newspaper in March of 1962, and a search for any documents related to that article in that particular publication would include information about Kakiashvili.

Thank you for your time. This particular case, as well as the use of the death penalty in Soviet Georgia, is of interest to me.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Robert Delaware

From: Central Intelligence Agency

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From: Robert Delaware

Dear Allison Fong-

Thank you for the prompt reply.

In regards to your response, in order to narrow the search, please include a search for any correspondence between Congressman Steven Derounian and the following CIA employees: John McCone, Deputy Director Marshall Carter, David Chavchavadze.

In order to narrow the search in regards to members of the Jewish community, please include in any search correspondence to Director McCone from the following individuals: Morris Berthold Abram, Moshe Decter, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, Meir Kahane, Senator Abraham Ribicoff, Justice Arthur Goldberg, Jacob Javits, and Dr. William Korey.

Thank you for your commitment to transparency, and I am eager to know the results of this request.

From: Central Intelligence Agency

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From: Central Intelligence Agency

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