Historical Dictionary of Russian and Soviet Intelligence by Robert W. Pringle

By Robert W. Pringle

This moment variation of Historical Dictionary of Russian and Soviet Intelligence is the one quantity that lays out how Russian and Soviet intelligence works and the way its operations have impacted Russian historical past. It covers Russian intelligence from the imperial interval to the current focusing in maximum element on chilly struggle espionage instances and the Putin-era intelligence community.

This is finished via a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and an intensive bibliography. The dictionary part has over six hundred cross-referenced entries on espionage ideas, different types of brokers, an important operations spies, defectors, moles, and double and triple brokers. This publication is a wonderful entry aspect for college students, researchers, and somebody desirous to comprehend extra concerning the Russian Intelligence.

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KGB and GRU scientific and technical intelligence collection remained a priority for their services through the history of the Soviet Union. S. government document, the Central Intelligence Agency noted: “The Soviets estimate that by using documentation on the US F-18 fighter their aviation and radar industries saved some five years of development time and 35 million rubles (the 1980 dollar cost of equivalent research activity would be $350 million) in project manpower and development costs. ”6 Nevertheless, Soviet scientific intelligence collection may have actually hurt the country in the long run.

How accurately does this isolated message reflect the inner workings of the Rosenberg ring? The FBI made judgments based on these intercepts, and scholars continue to disagree with the judgment of law enforcement officials caught up a half-century ago in the hunt for spies. On the other hand, it is highly unlikely that we will ever fully understand why Stalin contemptuously ignored warnings of a German invasion. We will never understand why defendants in the Moscow Show Trials confessed, knowing that Stalin was unlikely to spare their lives no matter what they might do.

AZEV, YEVNO FISCHELOVICH (1869–1918). The most infamous double agent in Russian history, Azev served as both “Raskin,” a secret agent for the Okhrana, and as “Comrade Valentine,” chief of the Battle Organization of the Socialist Revolutionary (SR) Party. From 1902 to 1908, Azev recruited terrorists and planned the execution of several senior tsarist officials and members of the royal family. Simultaneously, he betrayed scores of his own recruits to the Okhrana for trial, imprisonment, and execution.

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