A Dark Path to Freedom: Rusi Nazar from the Red Army to the CIA

A Dark Path to Freedom: Rusi Nazar from the Red Army to the CIA

by Enver Altayli


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Born in Margilan, Central Asia on the eve of the Russian Revolution of 1917, Ruzi Nazar had one of the most exciting lives of the twentieth century. Charming, intellectually brilliant and passionately committed to the liberation of Central Asia from Russian rule, his life was a series of adventures and narrow escapes. He was successively a Soviet student, a Red Army officer, an officer in the German Turkestan Legion during World War II, a fugitive living in postwar Germany's underworld, and finally an immigrant to the United States who rose high in the CIA. Here he mixed with the powerful and famous, represented the US as a diplomat in Ankara and Bonn, and became an undercover agent in Iran after the hostage crisis of 1979-81.

Nazar's foresight was formidable. He predicted that communism would collapse from within, briefing Reagan on the weakness of the Soviet system before the Reagan-Gorbachev talks. A Muslim who rejected Islamism, his warnings to the US government about the dangers of Islamic radicalism fell on deaf ears. This remarkable biography casts unique light on the lives of people caught up in the turmoil of the Soviet Union, World War II, the Cold War, and the struggle of nationalities deprived of their freedom by communism to regain independence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849046978
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 06/01/2017
Edition description: Translatio
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Enver Altayli is one of Turkey's leading specialists on Central Asia and a former intelligence officer. A close friend of Rusi Nazar for over half a century, his biography is based on many weeks of recorded interviews, as well as his own scholarship on Turkistan and the history of espionage during the Cold War.

Table of Contents

1. Childhood in Turkestan
2. Student Years in Stalin's Central Asia
3. Ruzi in the Red Army
4. Soldiers and Prisoners of War
5. Ruzi and the Legions' War against Soviet Russia
6. The Tide Turns Against Germany
7. Escaping from the Jaws of Defeat
8. Refuge in Rosenheim
9. The Cold War and the New Espionage
10. Ruzi Goes to America
11. First Visits to the Middle East
12. The Bandung conference
13. Under Cover Work in International Conferences
14. Ruzi in Turkey: Soldiers, Plots and Politics
15. From Turkey To Bonn
16. Undercover in Iran during the Hostage Crisis
17. The Cold War Ends and Ruzi Returns to Uzbekistan

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