Hurriyet Daily- May/02/2015
Mecca, the Hajj of 1954, September... Two pilgrims took a ride on the bus carrying 21 Soviet Muslims to the Kaaba.
the bus, the two men, carrying U.S. passports, start intimidating the
others, shouting: “You are not true Muslims, you serve Moscow atheists.”
They later pasted anti-Soviet posters on walls of Mecca and threw
tomatoes at the mostly Turkic Soviet Muslims. Ian Johnson, who gives
more details in his wonderful book “A Mosque in Munich,” speculates that
probably on U.S. advice, King Saud of Saudi Arabia turned down a
request from the Soviet ambassador to forward his complaints.
edition of Time magazine, dated Sept. 27, 1954, reported the story as a
spontaneous outburst of two Muslims of Russian-origin émigrés against
the Soviet regime. But it was not like that at all. In fact, it was
probably the first open act against the Soviets via Muslim communities
conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), sponsored by a
Germany-based cover organization.
propagandists in Mecca were also of Turkic origin. One of them was the
42-year-old Hamid Rashid. The other was 37-year-old Ruzi Nazar, or Nasar
as it is sometimes spelled in the West.