Ryszard Kukliński was born in Warsaw on 13 June 1930. He was fortunate to die peacefully of natural causes in America, his second homeland, on 11 February 2004, rather than the basement of a prison such as the Rakowiecka in Warsaw or the Lubyanka in Moscow, where he would have been denied even a show trial. His life and activity between 1971-1981 represent the single most important intelligence operation of the entire Cold War (encompassing the years 1945-1991, from Yalta to the breakup of the Soviet Union). Thanks to the politico-military consequences of his activities, he was the most important US intelligence agent of the 20th century.
Kukliński risked his own life and that of his family with the difficult decisions he made during his career. He displayed civil as well as military courage. He made his way to Moscow, the nerve centre of Poland’s enemy and occupier, and transmitted to contacts in the United States the Soviet Union’s plans for military aggression towards NATO countries and Western Europe. In fact, what he relayed were the communist Evil Empire’s plans to unleash a Third World War. By passing those documents to the United States, Colonel Kukliński played a key role in helping America to win the Cold War.
The “General Kuklinski – Polish Solitary Mission” mobile exhibition dedicated to General Ryszard Kukliński, a Polish Cold War-era spy for NATO was presented in the House of Commons in London a few months ago.
The exposition was presented in the British Parliament thanks to the efforts of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Poland, Daniel Kawczynski MP and the Ryszard Kukliński Museum in Warsaw, which opened on June 22, 2018.
Several distinguished guests attended the exhibition, including the Polish Ambassador to the UK Arkady Rzegocki, the Secretary of State and the Plenipotentiary for International Dialogue Anna Maria Anders, Jan Parys – the first National Defence Minister in post-communist Poland, and many parliamentarians and other guests.
The “General Kuklinski – Polish Solitary Mission” exhibition comprised 20 information boards with over 300 photos and documents concerning the patriotic activity of Ryszard Kukliński, his struggle for a free Poland and the consequences of his deeds.
Source: Izba Pamięci Gen. Kuklińskiego, APPG on Poland/MB
Pictures: British Poles