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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Australian Link To Soviet Cash

SYDNEY, Australia -- Documents uncovered in the archives of the former Soviet Union show for the first time that communist parties in Australia were financed by Moscow at the height of the Cold War, a report said.

Rumors of "Moscow Gold" funding of the Communist Party of Australia have been around since the 1940s.

At that time, Australia had the largest Communist Party per capita in the Western World.

The significance of the papers is that they appear to refute repeated claims by the CPA that it was an independent organization that neither sought nor received money from the Soviets.

The papers uncovered show seven payments, equivalent to 6.06 million Australian dollars (U.S. $4.24 million) in 1997, made between 1953 and 1966, the Brisbane Courier-Mail reported Saturday.

The Brisbane Courier-Mail, which uncovered and translated the documents, said it had spent a year exploring Soviet archives in a bid to support allegations it published in 1995 that the late Australian historian Manning Clark was a Soviet agent.


when it was claimed money was sent to Australia via Czechoslovakia