The Soviet Ambassador to Guyana (at the time) wrote a book about the Jonestown massacre. A member of Cheddi Jaggan's Party, or some other left party in Guyana loaned me the book while I was travelling outside Canada. It was translated to English - I think the ambassador's name was "Timofeyev" or "Timoshenko" or something like that.
The Ambassador provided a very strong circumstantial argument about the role of the U.S. military in the slaughter. What cannot be in dipute is the photographic evidence of mass applications for Soviet citizenship by the members of the Jonestown group that the Ambassador provided. These people, persecuted by the Government of the U.S. and hounded out of their own country, were preparing to start some sort of community in one of the Soviet Republics. It never happened. The massacre took place during the time that the applicants were waiting for their documents to be processed.
The other evidence provided by the Ambassador related to how the mass killings were carried out, how bodies were stacked, for example, despite the claim that these people allegedly mostly committed suicide, etc., etc.
Anything is possible, however. Maybe the Russians paid the US to kill them, and saved thenselves the cost of future deportations. Who the hell knows.
I'd like to see that book again. Any babbler with connections in the Guyanese left?
[ 19 February 2006: Message edited by: N.Beltov ]