Robert Robinson, a black American who had immigrated to the USSR, also recalled a time when Robeson had an “unpleasant confrontation” with Khrushchev. After Robeson asked about if the rumours of institutionalised anti-Semitism under Khrushchev and purging of Jewish members was true, Khrushchev had blown up at him accusing him of, “meddling in party affairs.” Robinson wrote that Robeson was never mentioned in Soviet press and his songs were never played on Radio Moscow again after this confrontation.
After showing anti-colonial (such as when visiting Australia, he used a television appearance to denounce the treatment of indigenous people by the Australian governor), anti-imperialist and support for the Soviet Union, the US began to crack down on Robeson. In 1949, after a speech in Paris, the American press began to attack Robeson, after he said that African Americans would never fight in a war against the Soviet Union as that would be fighting against their own rights as human beings, which caused 80 concerts to be cancelled and a drop in shops that would sell his records. Shortly after, the US state department refused to renew Robeson’s passport, unless he signs an agreement swearing he was not a communist. After being barred from travelling abroad, he was summoned to the HUAC committee, an anti-communist committee to oust communists, as he refused to swear he wasn’t a communist, (recording in 3rd and 4th slide). The US government banned Robeson from appearing on radios and TVs to end his career. Eventually, his passport was renewed in 1958, after the US declared it was a right of all citizens to travel abroad. After this, Robeson had a concert in Moscow where he first performed the Soviet anthem in English.
After failed attempts by the US government to silence Robeson, they would attempt to silence him through the MK Ultra program. After a party in Moscow, where many uninvited American guests had appeared, the family believed a spy had put something into Paul’s drink that caused him to have the same affects as the program was supposed to have on people, from a drug only available to the CIA at the time. [CONTINUED IN THE COMMENTS].