Tsherim Soobzokov (Adyghe: Щэбзыхъуэ Чэрим, romanized: Şəbzıxhwə Çərim; Russian: Черим Сообцоков, romanized: Cherim Soobtsokov) (24 August 1924, – 6 September 1985) was a Circassian anti-Soviet independence activist accused of collaborating with Germany during the invasion of the Soviet Union's North Caucasus and serving as a Waffen-SS officer. Soobzokov later denied these charges and sued CBS and The New York Times.:170–174 He was publicly supported by Pat Buchanan and Congressman Robert Roe.:113
During World War II in August 1942 he began to cooperate with the Germans. He was appointed chief of police in his village of Takhtamukay. In 1943-1944 he recruited Circassians to the North Caucasian Legion of the Wehrmacht, calling for "revenge against the evil Russians". In early 1945 he was promoted to lieutenant of the SS.
In 2006, declassified documents of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) confirmed that Soobzokov had been a CIA agent in Jordan and that the agency had misled the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service on Soobzokov's wartime past. This was part of a wider post-World War II CIA program of working with former collaborators living in hiding. Historian Richard Breitman concluded based on these documents that Soobzokov indeed had strong ties to the SS.
On 15 August 1985, a pipe bomb set outside his home in Paterson, New Jersey critically injured Soobzokov. He died of his wounds in the hospital on 9 September 1985. An anonymous caller claiming to represent the Jewish Defense League (JDL) said they had carried out the bombing. A spokesman for the JDL later denied responsibility. No one was ever charged with leaving either bomb, but Aslan Soobzokov (Tscherim's son) has twice sued the federal government over its investigation. The bombing was linked by the FBI to a similar bomb attack on another accused war criminal, Elmārs Sproģis, that took place in Long Island on the day Soobzokov died.:179–180