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.. SG11 Approved For Release 2000/08/07 CIA-RDP96-00787a00050025001~-2 ME T)D:I: /0 I: x4035 blac x1269 red S ~CI~,1sT P~01'`C)RN Sovict 1?ara os 'cij olocI I., nese arch 1. Mr. President, because the recent arrest and. cjuestion-- ing of US newsman IhObeert Toth in Moscow has brought attention to Soviet parapsychology research, you may be interested in our current evaluation of Soviet, activities in this field. A. The CIA, among Others in the i.ntc::I.ligence community has sponsored research experimen,.l in an attempt to determine whether parapsychological phenomena do exist and whether they might be applied usefully in intelligence activities. This US research has been limited primarily to remote viewing-'the acquisition of information about remote places and events by. paranormal means 1. The investigations indicate that certain individuals exhibit an ahi lity to describe details of a remote scene which they have not seen directly, and k'-i~8 that this ability may be useful for intelligence purposes. 2. Further US research is needed to determine if it is possible to improve. the reliability and gtiality of information obtained by paranormal moans sufficiently to provide a cost effective Approved For Release 2000/08/07 : CIA-RDP96-00787R000500250019-2 It SFE;C.`.RE'`1` NO1.ORN Y y. ?~ Approved For Release 221,(~(ffq,7.IP96-007878000500250019-2 SGIB or meaningful tool for intelligence collection. 11. On the Soviet side, there is considerable evidence-- that the USSR has a classified parapsychology research 2roc ramp A. This program star-Led about 960., B. It appears to be funded largely by the military and to have substantial KGB involvement, possibly including some KGB funding. C. The classified work is conducted by several hundred scientists plus supporting staffs at several--possibly as many as 10?---institutes. Most of these institutes are located in Moscow, but others are in Alma Ata, Baku, Novosibirsk, and possibly Leningrad. III. The-Soviet program is broadly based and interdisciplinary. The work is believed. to emphasize the following areas, which the Soviets may believe have potential usefulness for' intelligence and military purposes. A. Clairvance (remote viewing) to acquire intelli- gence about remote locations not accessible by other means. _2_ SECRET NOF'ORN Approved For Release 2000/08/07 : CIA-RDP96-00787R000500250019-2 Approved For Release 2000/08/07 : CIA-RDP96-00787R000500250019-2 SP,'CRtT NOFORN Ythy .0 influence remotely the physical and/or mental state of targeted individuals, and to establ.i_h covert communication. C. Psychokinesis to cause the movement of remote objects, such as switches in electronic circuitr IV. The questions asked of US researchers and para- psychology enthusiasts by Soviet investigators at international conferences suggest that the Soviets may have acquired more experience than US researchers, particularly in the area of remote viewing. There is little, however, to indicate whether Soviet capabilities are significantly more parapsychology hobbyists, many of whom are scientists trained in other, unrelated fields of research. advanced than those of the US. V. In addition to classified research, a substantial ,amount of unclassified, non-applied parapsychology research is conducted in the USSR. A. This work is largely the part-time activity of SECRET NOPORN Approved For Release 2000/08/07 : CIA-RDP96-00787R000500250019-2 Approved For Release 2000/08/07 : CIA-RDP96-00787R000500250019-2 S ECRJ'.' NOFORN B. it is those scienl.ists. who usuz7.l1y maintain contact with their western colleagues. Approved For Release 2000/08/07 : CIA-RDP96-00787R000500250019-2