Tumanov: Confessions of a KGB Agent / Edition 1

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For twenty years - from 1966 to 1986 - Oleg Tumanov worked in Munich for the American Broadcasting station Radio Liberty, posing as a Russian dissident when actually he was a spy for the KGB. Chosen, recruited, and trained in Moscow, he "defected" from a ship in the Mediterranean, where he was serving as a Soviet marine. Via Libya, Tumanov arrived in Munich, where he advanced to director of the Russian section of Radio Liberty, residing for years at the elegant "Arabella." In 1986 a Russian defector revealed Tumanov's true identity, and Tumanov precipitously fled to East Berlin. Now Oleg Tumanov is breaking his silence. In a story as tension-packed as a James Bond adventure, he reports on his "career" and the dirty business of the Cold War, in which the American radio station Radio Liberty played such a surprising role. In fact-filled prose, he depicts the everyday life of a spy and reveals the way in which important messages were transmitted to Moscow. He also reports on secret meetings in East Berlin and the details of his last-minute escape from the Federal Republic. Tumanov - now a stranger in his own land - also describes the difficulties he has encountered on his return to his homeland and the isolated life he lives in Moscow today. This is a remarkably honest, factual, and exciting account.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In his foreword, edition q editor-in-chief Henno Lohmeyer wonders whether ``the KGB was guiding the author's hand.'' Readers on their part will speculate that Tumanov, who emerges as preening and self-important, has so little of substance to say because he was a transmitter of low-level intelligence. Primarily, the book lobbies for shutting down Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe--a debate that garnered attention these past months before congress approved funding for the Board of International Broadcasting, the independent agency under whose aegis the station now operates. Tumanov maintains that he was a KGB plant at the station; after his staged defection from the U.S.S.R. in 1965, he settled in Munich and worked at Radio Liberty. In 1969, this sleeper agent was activated; by the time he was recalled home and retired in 1986, he had become news editor. The station, Tumanov reveals, operated under the direction of the CIA, which is hardly news--and according to a recent New York Times article, the CIA tie was severed in 1971. Photos. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780867152692
  • Publisher: Quintessence Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 187
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 0.78 (d)

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