Memorie.al publishes some archival documents extracted from the Central State Archive in Tirana (the fund of the former PPSh Central Committee), which belong to the year 1982, where there is a file with relations, reports, instructions, information, letters , minutes of meetings of the Political Bureau, the Secretariat of the Central Committee, etc., regarding the “hostile activity” of the member of the Political Bureau and the Minister of People’s Defense, Kadri Hazbiu, as well as some of his closest collaborators, such as: Feçor Shehu, Mihallaq Ziçishti, Llambi Peçini, Zoi Themeli, etc., who were accused by Enver Hoxha, as “the main collaborators of the police agent Mehmet Shehu”. In the file in question, there is also a document with Kadri Hazbi’s self-criticism, dated September 27, 1982, sent to Enver Hoxha and the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the PPSh, regarding “his poor work at the head of the Ministry of of Internal Affairs and the lack of vigilance, for not detecting hostile groups, all of which the party and Comrade Enver had discovered”. In this document, the former head of the Ministry of the Interior writes: “From the beginning of September, when I was getting my hair cut, a driver who works with the transport lines abroad came to me and told me that, returning from abroad, the drivers they had spoken badly about my fate. I didn’t ask him what he had been told, but I told him to go and report it where it should be. He added in more detail that he had spoken to the companion who stays with me, which I ordered him to report. He told me that he had done this. I don’t know whether I told him about this case or not, friend Hekuran. After a few days when I returned from a 3-4 day service, my family told me for the first time that they are taking us on the phone and so on, in meetings they ask about you, where are you and how are you, because we have heard things not good, as if we have escaped as a family abroad, as if I have been dismissed from my position as Minister of Defense, etc. I told you that anyone who asks about us, you say we are fine and don’t engage in further conversation. I emphasize that these things have spread so much that even one of the workers who serves in my family left without expecting that something is happening with me and my family. All these things, I told my friend Ramiz, together with my opinion that there is not enough fight against these harmful slogans and that they are spreading from Tirana in the first place”. Likewise, the document in question also contains the minutes of the meeting of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the PPSh, held on October 8, 1982, where the “hostile activity of Kadri Hazbi” from the period after the war when he was in the position of Chief of Army Security, which has brought fierce debates, they all discussed, starting from: Adil Çarçani, Hekuran Isai, Simon Stefani, Manush Muftiu, Rita Marko, Prokop Murra, Photo Çami, Lenka Çuko, Pali Miska, Besnik Bekteshi, Muho Asllani and Llambi Gegprifti. Even the debates and strong tones in that meeting were not absent between Enver Hoxha and Kadri Hazbiu, which continued throughout the meeting, for several sessions. But for more about these, we know the document, which is published for the first time by Memorie.al
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The document with the minutes of the meeting of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the PPSh, held on October 8, 1982, where the “hostile activity” of Kadri Hazbi was analyzed
ALBANIAN LABOR PARTY TOP SECRET
OF THE MEETING OF THE POLITICAL BUREAU OF THE PPS CENTRAL COMMITTEE ON OCTOBER 8, 1982
- Discussion on the serious words of friend Kadri Hazbiu
- Approval of the report on transport to the plenum
All members of the Political Bureau are present at the meeting.
DEVELOPMENT OF THE MEETING
The meeting was opened and led by the first secretary of the Central Committee of the PPS, Comrade Enver Hoxha.
Discussion on the serious crimes of comrade Kadri Hazbiu.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: But why do you write differently in self-criticism?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: In which self-criticism, no, I don’t know this?
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Yes, I’ll say it now. In this official material that he sends to the first secretary of the Central Committee, he writes like this, whereas here you tell us, I’m not sure, I don’t know, I don’t remember, etc.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: They are saying 30 years to Comrade Enver.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: I know, I know, let me finish my thought. You say there: “I’m not sure if the Soviet advisers knew this situation from the beginning, but I think so.” Now tell us, did you put them online?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: I say from the beginning Comrade Enver, understand me.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: More from the beginning and from the end, you informed them from the beginning; you also informed them from the end.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: In the end yes, Comrade Enver.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: And from the beginning?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: I am not able to say right from the beginning, when the problem of Teme Sejko arose.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: More stop this nonsense now.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Well, how can I say it now!
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: How do you say it? Show us the truth here, as a communist.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, I’m telling you the truth, Comrade Enver, it is impossible for the Soviet advisers not to have known about this issue.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: From whom did they know about Teme Sejko’s case?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, from me too.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: But here, you don’t say from me!
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: In the end yes, Comrade Enver. Below in the self-criticism, I might say that we built this legend with them.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: No, you don’t say anything about the legend that you discussed with a Soviet adviser.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, certainly yes.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Yes, for sure, yes, and then you say, as if you received my approval for this legend. Could I give you my approval for the legend at such a dangerous time of our relations with the Soviets, that we would give them a cadre of ours, a senior officer, and the chief of our Navy?!
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: No, we did not give them to them; they would only keep the address, because we would arrest him. They would keep there only the letters that would come to his address, they would return them to us and we would respond to those interested, supposedly as if Teme Sejko was at the Academy and we would send them to them.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: What was this, wasn’t it an agency complex?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: In cooperation with them, yes…
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Yes, how?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes with them (Repeats the expression with great nervousness).
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: How did you do this action, when the Central Committee was going to war with the Soviets and you come and tell me that I approved it? Would I approve of such a thing?!
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: This has been happening since April, as far as I remember Comrade Enver.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: More, I’m leaving April and May.
COMRADE FOTO CAMI: Our relations with the Soviets have been strained for a long time, Comrade Kadri. Were you allowed not to know many things in that position you were assigned? You were not unknown to the many contradictions that we had for a long time with the Soviets, since the arrival of Tito and Khrushchev in Yugoslavia, and then there are all these events, such as the Tirana Conference, etc.
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: It’s the events of Hungary, Liri Belishova came out then.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Posi, Liri Belishiva, Hungary.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, yes, we had advisers there, in the ministry.
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: Well, well, you had advisers there in the Ministry, that doesn’t mean you told them all the issues, because we didn’t tell Khrushchev everything either, on the contrary, when we met, we fought with him.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, we worked with him.
COMRADE PALI MISKA: How did you work with them? They were not the owners of the house here, we were and are.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Well, no, master of the house, master of the house!
COMRADE PALI MISKA: You could only give them the issues that the Central Committee assigned to you.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Okay, because we were the owners of the house and it wasn’t them. Do you know the Platform of State Security bodies?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, yes.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: It is written at the top of it that the secrets it contains must be kept, right?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Then, why were these secrets breached? Did Enver Hoxha violate them with the Political Bureau? Why did you give this order, violating the directives? You, or Mehmet Shehu, why did you give the order to violate this directive? It is written there that every article of the Platform must be kept very secret, very secret, then why you and the Soviets?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: I do not know that the Platform was given to the Soviets in writing.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: I don’t know?
COMRADE SIMON STEFANI: You yourself told us that day here, how was this given to them?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Oh, I said that it is possible that it was given to them, but let’s see what I said. (Nervously) What did I say?
COMRADE SIMON STEFANI: yes, you told us that it was given to them.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: It may have been given to them, I told them.
COMRADE ADIL ÇARÇANI: On the day of the Secretariat meeting, you listened carefully to what was read and said that they were all like that, and even added that there are others. Let’s not move on this, because I have written what you said.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Oh, I told them that they may have received others and I am telling them now.
COMRADE ADIL ÇARÇANI: That day you said that we gave them this and we gave them others. You accepted this on the day we gave you.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, you can…
COMRADE PALI MISKA: You must be clear about one thing, that the Soviet adviser did not come and open you’re safe, you gave it to them yourself.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Look, don’t play with words, Kadri, because these are facts, but here, shake and shake, I didn’t say that, it couldn’t have been that way. You were a minister. Haxhi Kroi has been working with me for 40 years and has my complete trust, but he does not do the smallest thing without asking me. How is it possible that you don’t ask anyone and let the advisers stay on all four sides and put their hands everywhere? No pun intended here.
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: I’m sorry to interrupt you, Comrade Enver. Kadri, it’s not about what you said, although I’m reading what you wrote with your own hand (it’s about the Soviet advisers), they had the right to be known, even by translating the documents. Is that so?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, yes, yes.
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: So you were familiar with everything that had to do with the agency, with the structure, with the regulations, with the laws, including the Platform among all these, so don’t tell us here that: “no punishment”!
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, yes, which one did we not know?! (hot)
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: You gave them the Platform as a document, not only so they could get to know each other, but you also translated it for them. Memorie.al
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