TO VITALY FEDORCHUK, chairman of the KGB:
Once again I have been the target of a criminal act. A bag containing documents and manuscripts was stolen. Similar thefts occurred on March 13, 1981, and during a covert search of my Moscow apartment in 1978. The nature and circumstances of the thefts convince me that they were the work of KGB agents.
The items stolen on Oct. 11 included: 900 handwritten pages and 500 typed pages of memoirs covering 60 years of my life; notebooks and my personal diary; my passport; my driver's license; my will, and important and irreplaceable personal letters and documents.
A camera and a radio which I had left at home were also stolen, as well as my savings bank passbook and 60 rubles. Few of these items would have interested a common thief; he would have thrown away the rest.
The theft took place at 4 p.m. in a square near the river landing in the center of Gorky while my wife was buying a train ticket. I was sitting in the front seat of our car. The bag was on the floor behind the driver's seat. Someone stuck his head in the window and asked me a question. I answered. My memory fails at that point. The glass in a rear window was shattered, and the pieces falling on the pavement must have made a lot of noise, but I can't remember it. I suppose, although I have no legal proof, that I was stunned by some narcotic. I remember only that I saw the bag being dragged out through the window.
I was unable to open the car door for several minutes because of my state. When I did get out of the car, three women were standing there, one carrying a small case which looked like a doctor's kit. They asked me why it had taken me so long to get out of the car. Then one said: "The thieves jumped over the fence with your suitcase. They broke your window. We called the police. They will arrive shortly."
It was a lie that they had notified the police. I believe these individuals were doctors assigned to assist me if necessary and to keep me from going quickly to the police. When my wife arrived, I went to the nearest police station and gave a deposition about the crime. (No one had assisted me at the scene of the crime.)
Please remember that a policeman is stationed at my door around the clock, and during trips and walks around town, KGB agents always follow me by car (sometimes in two cars) or on foot. They take note of everyone who approaches me, and I suspect that they would quickly apprehend a common thief who tried to steal my bag.
I am addressing you as chairman of the KGB. I insist upon the immediate return of all the stolen items and on guarantees that your subordinates will not repeat similar thefts or other criminal acts. I ask you to issue the appropriate orders.