Red Over Green File 2 Ruth Monod
Ruth Monod, was a little known but perhaps significant supporter of NZ's Irish Republican solidarity group, the H Block/Armagh Committee.
Monod joined NZ's pro-Moscow communist party, the Socialist Unity Party, in Tokoroa, the '70s.
By 1980 Monod had moved to Wellington where she became a member of the Party's regional executive. She worked in the offices of the Post Office Union and was active in the Clerical Workers Union.
A highly trusted comrade, Monod worked in the Soviet Embassy Information Office, from the mid '80s, until the early '90s.
She travelled extensively to the Soviet Union and was prominent in the NZ/USSR Friendship Society until at least 1992.
In October 1982, Monod was part of a NZ Council for World Peace delegation that visited Leningrad, Moscow and Volgograd for 10 days as guests of the Soviet Peace Committee. In 1989 she spent 6 months in Moscow, probably at Lenin's Institute for Higher Learning, the usual training venue for SUP members visiting the Soviet Union.
Monod was a known to pass on Soviet money to the SUP, albeit at the innocuous end of the scale.
In 1980, the Soviet Embassy in Wellington had been closed after the ambassador was caught handing over funds to the SUP.
When the embassy re-opened after Labour came to power in 1984, the SUP held a working bee to clean up the grounds. In the words of a comrade who participated, it was "mainly just a big piss-up". The Soviets paid the SUP for their "services" and Monod allegedly handed over the cash.
This was one of several methods the Soviets used to fund their NZ subordinates. Others included buying huge subsriptions for the party's paper, "Tribune" and regular handovers of cash, often through a sympathetic, but non-party member of the NZ/USSR Society.
Interestingly, Monod was national treasurer, from 1982 to 1994 of the SUP's "peace" front, the NZ Council for World Peace.
In the mid '80s Monod served on the Wellington committee of the H Block/Armagh. This was not for public knowledge and was kept very quiet, even within the Party.
When Monod's involvement was mentioned at one Party meeting in Wellington, the indiscreet one was told to be quiet, lest some of the less trusted comrades might overhear.