Comrade Kryuchkov's Instructions: Top Secret Files on KGB Foreign Operations, 1975-1985

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During the decade that culminated in the rise to power of Mikhail Gorbachev, an avalanche of top secret documents poured out from KGB headquarters in Moscow to its residencies throughout the world. Oleg Gordievsky was a KGB colonel and Resident-designate in London in 1985 when he defected; it was later revealed that he had been working as a double agent for British intelligence since 1974, regularly risking his life by passing copies of KGB documents to the British. This volume is a revealing selection of this ...
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Overview

During the decade that culminated in the rise to power of Mikhail Gorbachev, an avalanche of top secret documents poured out from KGB headquarters in Moscow to its residencies throughout the world. Oleg Gordievsky was a KGB colonel and Resident-designate in London in 1985 when he defected; it was later revealed that he had been working as a double agent for British intelligence since 1974, regularly risking his life by passing copies of KGB documents to the British. This volume is a revealing selection of this highly classified material, with an informative commentary by Christopher Andrew, based on joint analysis of the documents with Gordievsky. The book gives us a fascinating inside look at the workings and the thinking of the KGB, whose chairman was General V. A. Kryuchkov, later one of the leaders of the abortive coup against Gorbachev in August 1991. The documents range from somewhat comic instructions to sabotage the U.S. bicentennial to detailed methods for recruiting agents to orders concerning the KGB's largest peacetime intelligence operations, an attempt to secure information on President Reagan's (non-existent) preparations for a nuclear first strike against the Soviet Union. The book was first published in England in 1992 under the title Instructions from the Centre.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804722285
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1994
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 260
  • Sales rank: 997,732
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
KGB Codenames of Centre Officers and Residents
Note on the Documents
Introduction: The Centre and Foreign Intelligence
1 The KGB's Global Priorities 1
2 Agent Recruitment 23
3 Illegals 52
4 Operation RYAN 67
5 The 'Main Adversary': The United States 91
6 The Main Ally of the 'Main Adversary': The United Kingdom 118
7 The European Community 140
8 The Socialist International 170
9 China 184
10 New Thinking? 211
Appendix A: The KGB Files and Archives 223
Appendix B: Residency Records and Communications with the Centre 229
Notes 235
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