EMP H.R.H. Otto von Hapsburg was honorary chairman of the European Freedom Council, based in Munich, during the 1980s and allied to the Anti-Bolshevik Bloc of Nations (ABN). The EFC was founded in 1967 and in 1987 celebrated its 20th anniversary. The Executive President at that time was British M.P Mr. John Wilkinson, and one of two Vice-Presidents was Mrs. Slava Stetsko, M.A. (ABN).
The European Freedom Council (EFC), which Yaraslav Stetsko co-founded and participated in, operated in close conjunction with ABN. Annual conferences for the ABN and EFC were often held together, and the leadership of both organizations knew each other and
corresponded regularly. The EFC functioned as ABN"s Western counterpart and sought to "mobilize support of the Free World for the subjugated nations'" liberation struggle."A mass Western mobilization in support of ABN"s disenfranchised delegates could only strengthen the united multi-national ABN front".
The administrative structure of EFC resembled that of ABN, and the EFC represented anti-communist groups from Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, England, France, West Germany, Holland, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and the United States.
The EFC extended into Asia with the Asian-Pacific Anti-Communist League, that included Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, China (Taiwan), Thailand, and Vietnam. (Eastern European unity under Russian Communism and the Anti-Bolshevik Block of Nations: Conception, Ideology, and Conferences by Alexander Nicholas Sosoenko).
The EFC further institutionalized and legitimized the ABN groups under Stetsko. All of the anti-communist working groups in every country were tied directly into the respective intelligence services and foreign policy dealing with the Soviet Union. This enhanced their standing and made their support part of national policy across Europe.
How important were they? Slava Stetsko is the only major WWII Nazi figure to ever hold high national office anywhere in the world. She had the support of a united Europe behind her. She was awarded the medal of Freedom in the US. The EFC gave her almost immediate access to all the European heads of state, and in Britain the full support of Margaret Thatcher's Conservative Party.
Brian Crozier and the Institute for the Study of Conflict (ISC) brought the influence Stetsko's ABN groups had in the UK to a peak under Margaret Thatcher.
Started in the 1960's his ISC became one of the best intel gatherers in the world. It's not many men that can start their own intelligence branch, but Brian Crozier did. Both MI5 and the CIA relied on his intelligence operations, developed through ties with the ABN since the 1940's. When Stetsko helped cofound the World Anti-Communist League it increased Crozier's value internationally and expanded his influence in the western hemisphere. (Transnational Anti-Communism and the Cold War: Agents, Activities, and Networks edited by Luc van Dongen, Stephanie Roulin, Giles Scott-Smith):
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