CIA estimated in 1980s that the budget of Soviet propaganda abroad was between 3.5-4.0 billion dollars.
Propaganda abroad was partly conducted by Soviet intelligence agencies. GRU alone spent more than $1 billion for propaganda and peace movements against Vietnam War, which was a “hugely successful campaign and well worth the cost”, according to GRU defector Stanislav Lunev . He claimed that “the GRU and the KGB helped to fund just about every antiwar movement and organization in America and abroad”.  According to Oleg Kalugin, “the Soviet intelligence was really unparalleled. … The KGB programs — which would run all sorts of congresses, peace congresses, youth congresses, festivals, women’s movements, trade union movements, campaigns against U.S. missiles in Europe, campaigns against neutron weapons, allegations that AIDS … was invented by the CIA … all sorts of forgeries and faked material — [were] targeted at politicians, the academic community, at the public at large.” 
Soviet-run movements pretended to have little or no ties with the USSR, often seen as noncommunist (or allied to such groups), but in fact were controlled by USSR. Most members and supporters, called “useful idiots” by Lenin, did not realize the fact that they were unwilling instruments of Soviet propaganda. The organizations aimed at convincing well-meaning but naive Westerners to support Soviet overt or covert goals. A witness in a US congressional hearing on Soviet cover activity described the goals of such organizations as the: “spread Soviet propaganda themes and create false impression of public support for the foreign policies of Soviet Union.”
Much of the activity of the Soviet-run peace movements was supervised by the World Peace Council. Other important front organizations included the World Federation of Trade Unions, the World Federation of Democratic Youth, and the International Union of Students. Somewhat less important front organizations included: Afro-Asian People’s Solidarity Organization, Christian Peace Conference, International Association of Democratic Lawyers, International Federation of Resistance Movements, International Institute for Peace, International Organization of Journalists, Women’s International Democratic Federation and World Federation of Scientific Workers. There were also numerous smaller organizations, affiliated with the above fronts.
Those organizations received (total) more than 100 million dollars from USSR every year.
Propaganda against the United States included the following actions :
Promotion of false John F. Kennedy assassination theories, allegedly using writer Mark Lane.
Discrediting the CIA, using historian Philip Agee (codenamed PONT).
Spreading rumors that FBI director J. Edgar Hoover was a homosexual.
Attempts to discredit Martin Luther King, Jr. by placing publications portraying him as an “Uncle Tom” who was secretly receiving government subsidies.
Stirring up racial tensions in the United States by mailing bogus letters from the Ku Klux Klan, placing an exposive package in “the Negro section of New York” (operation PANDORA), and spreading conspiracy theories that Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination had been planned by the US government.
Fabrication of the story that AIDS virus was manufactured by US scientists at Fort Detrick; the story was spread by Russian-born biologist Jakob Segal
India’s first PM Jawaharlal Nehru was also a blind and gullible worshiper of the Soviet idea. He was known to stubbornly defend every issue remotly contacted with communism. When the Chinese attacked India he kept back the forces till eleventh hour, as per Soviet guidence, believing “a socialist state will never initiate a war”
Now, I know sometimes Wikipedia is a little innaccurate, but if this is true, what does that say about all the peace movements and such of the 1960’s and 70’s and such?
The very idea that all those well-meaning bubbleheads were being directed by soviets is highly disturbing to me….