Nikolay Khokhlov

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Nikolai Evgenievich Khoklov (1922-) was a KGB officer who defected to the United States in 1953. He testified about the KGB terrorist activities.

Nikolai Khohlov was a member of a successful military unit that fought behind the enemy lines during World War II. He was disguised as a Nazi officer, after parachuting into German-occupied Belarus. He played a part in assassination of Wilhelm Kube, a Nazi Gauleiter. After the war, Khokhlov became a prototype of the main character in famous Soviet movie "Feat of a Scout" ("Подвиг разведчика") made in 1947. However, he never killed anyone and tried to refuse an order from Sudoplatov to be an assassin, according to his interview to Radio Free Europe.

He was sent by KGB to supervise two other men whose task was to kill George Okolovich, a chairman of National Alliance of Russian Solidarists. He decided not to follow the order and discussed the situation with his wife, Yana. She said: "If this man is killed, you will be a murderer. I cannot be the wife of a murderer" [1]. Khokhlov came to Okolovich's flat in Frankfurt and told him: "Georgi Sergeevich, I have come to you from Moscow. The Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union has ordered your assassination. The murder is entrusted to my group... I can’t let this murder happen. " <ref name="Andrew"> *Christopher Andrew and Vasili Mitrokhin, The Mitrokhin Archive: The KGB in Europe and the West, Gardners Books (2000), ISBN 0-14-028487-7 </ref>.

His wife was arrested and sentenced to five years of involuntary settlement in the Soviet Union.

He had been treated for radioactive thallium poisoning in Frankfurt in 1957 <ref></ref>. That was a failed assassination attempt by Thirteenth KGB Department <ref name="Andrew"/>.

During the period of ~1983 to 2000, Dr. Khoklov taught undergraduate and graduate psychology classes at California State University, San Bernardino. Shortly before he retired, he was delighted to first make e-mail contact with, then eventually meet, a son in Russia that he was not aware of. His other son, Misha, died several years ago due to kidney failure. Nikolai Khokhlov now lives in San Bernardino, California.


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Nikolai Evgenievich Khokhlov. In the name of conscience . Translated by Emily Kingsbery. New York : David McKay, 1959.

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[edit] Interviews (Russian)

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