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 KADRI HAZBIU: As the Minister of Internal Affairs, I know how many advisers there have been, their names are registered, and they are there.
COMRADE HEKURAN ISAI: No, they are not, Comrade Enver.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: The names are.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: They are not.
COMRADE HEKURAN ISAI: No, they are not Comrade Enver. We have found them based on the telegrams of greetings sent to them by their families on the occasion of the New Year and based on the memory of all the pensioners who worked with these people at that time. Here is the list, because we also asked for the list in finance, ostensibly to see how much these people were paid.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, we did not pay them.
COMRADE HEKURAN ISAI: You had neither the finances nor the background of the Ministry, any list with their names.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Well, they were known, and I will be responsible for them as well!
COMRADE ADIL ÇARÇANI: From the state side, they are full of documents, the date when they started to be paid and how much they were paid. All these with documents are.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Why is there no list for these people in the Ministry of Internal Affairs? At that time, Kadri had two laws; the Central Committee had two positions at that time? Why are their names in other departments and not in yours?!
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, I’m sorry, Comrade Enver…!
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Here, thank you.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, well no, now I made this mistake, wait a minute…!
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: If you have done this, hang yourself, Kadri.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Order, which one?
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: If you have made a mistake, will you hang yourself?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, well, let me hang up.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Let me hang, yes mom, not to say that I did this?!
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Well, that’s not how it works, but why, what I did, was done illegally, manipulated by me?
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: How was it? It was an illegal action, because the Party has a law, there are documents for all these issues. You have introduced these without any law into the apparatus of the Ministry of Internal Affairs to act.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: It’s not like that, Comrade Enver, because everyone knew these people there.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Yes, yes, they were known, they were known.
COMRADE FOTO ÇAMI: How were they given all the documents of the ministry to be recognized? How can an adviser be given all the secrets of the state? Then even when he saw, in a period when we were at knife point with the Soviets?!
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: But why are these words that argue that you know? Even the friendship with the Soviets, you know, all the things were known, how could they not be known?
COMRADE SIMON STEFANI: Yes, but within the norms.
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: Yes, just one thing Kadri, these were known, didn’t you remember that our State Security was a branch of the KGB?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: I have never had this opinion.
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: Which means that we act as a branch of this body, everything we know and have, and we can give them?
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: How was it not a branch of the KGB, in your opinion? What did it take to be a branch? What was needed more than you did?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: These were advisors and did not give orders, we gave them the orders, they only had the right to give opinions, and for example, when I was a widow to be advised.
COMRADE PROKOP MURRA: They did not have the right only to the personnel files, they took all the others.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes. One minute, that when you are advised, that the problems are so and so, and these were political problems, we said, please translate this for us, what is the matter.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: No, no, it is not like that.
COMRADE RITA MARKO: Leave it to Kadri, because this is not the case, these things are not like that, don’t tell us that!
COMRADE HEKURAN ISAI: And how to get the card?
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: You don’t tell us, why did the KGB need the lists with the names of our anti-party elements, the lists of our prisoners and arrestees? Why would you give 50 suspicious people to the KGB, they needed these for school?!
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Comrade Enver was a counselor in that sector.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Was it one, was it two, I don’t want to know that, what matters is that those lists were given to them.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, they were given to them. Now for what Comrade Ramiz asked, why was this given officially, I don’t understand, I don’t know this matter.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: Tell us why. Why?!
ALL THE FRIENDS: Who knows, right?!
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, let me bear the responsibility. But why do you also rule out that this work could have been done behind my back? Do you exclude this possibility?
COMRADE ENEVR HOXHA: No, we do not rule it out.
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: Look, Kadri, when Dhora Leka was tried, he gave 50 names of cadres from the intelligence circles. At that time I was the secretary of the Central Committee for propaganda and I continue to be even now. At that time, although I was secretary of the Central Committee for propaganda and a member of the Politburo, I did not know about any of these elements, although I worked with these people, and the KGB adviser, who should not know anything, knew this list. You don’t tell me how this is explained? And then you come and tell us that we did not consider our Security as a branch of the Soviet KGB!
ALL THE FRIENDS: Did the school like them too?!
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: What about the counselor who was there, you are familiar with these issues.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: But why do you get to know each other?!
COMRADE RAMNIZ ALIA: Tell us, why did he get to know these people?
COMRADE RITA MARKO: If you find out more, what Khrushchev raised to our delegation about Panayot the Elder in 1957
COMRADE ADIL ÇARÇANI: But why should the Soviet adviser familiarize himself with the materials in our investigation?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: How do you know the advisor who was assigned to the investigation?!
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: The Soviet adviser had no reason to become familiar with the affairs of the investigation, but to be given a passport and run away, like the others. For those advisors that the Ministry of Internal Affairs needed, such as someone to help organize the border forces, someone who had connections with foreign agencies and should stay, yes, what were the others looking for? Why did they take those files of our convicts and cadres there?! If they had nothing to do, then give them wood.
COMRADE RAMIZ ALIA: We had an adviser in the Central Committee, a certain Tishenko, but we didn’t give him any personnel file.
COMRADE RITA MARKO: Nothing secret was given to him.
COMRADE ENVER HOXHA: So he got bored and left. After sometime “I will leave”, that’s what he told us himself.
COMRADE RITA MARKO: However, Mehmet Shehu, decided to take her for a walk.
COMRADE MANUSH MYFTIU: I also have this question, Comrade Enver. Let’s take the legal line, the formal one. This material was sent to the Security School in the Soviet Union, in order to teach our students in Moscow. What about the trial of Liri Gegë that took place in 1956 and the investigations of Dhora Leka in 1957? Why did they need these materials? These were materials that were only available to very few people, as Ramizi said. Then what did a simple cadre of our Security need, to know the details of all the investigations of these elements that were mentioned, and where did he see them, in Moscow?! Then, if they needed them, they would come to Albania, they could be given to them when they returned.
COMRADE ENVERT HOXHA: That they had learned from these materials, that’s why Khrushchev asked me, he also provoked me, saying: “You killed Liri Gega, being pregnant”?!
COMRADE RITA MARKO: That’s how we heard this provocation then, Comrade Enver.
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Okay, Comrade Enver, that’s right. I am telling once, how I know this matter. In school, the lecturers gave a lecture, but they had to explain this with examples from their country.
COMRADE ADIL CHARCANI: Whose, theirs?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Not from the Soviet Union because that’s what the demands were. They had raised the issue with us, so that we could give them, if possible, examples from the practice of our country.
COMRADE ENVERT HOXHA: We don’t give them, you could tell them.
ALL FRIENDS: Why did our students need these materials, friend Kadri?!
COMRADE QIRJAKO MIHALI: Why haven’t they received data from the oil sector, even for our students we had on oil in the Soviet Union?
COMRADE KADRI HAZBIU: Yes, I will explain to you know how it was done, then judge it. Thus, they asked us for such examples. Now in this case, why they asked us in writing, I don’t know, but other times they had taken examples from worn out, old cases, which were no longer a secret. Here, from these we gave them. Memorie.al
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