Secret Communist Party of the Soviet Union documents stolen by the author, a famous dissident, reveal decades of Soviet infiltration of Western politics and confidential collaboration by Western leaders. Contains translated excerpts from the Communist Party archives, and 400 fact-checked footnotes on events affected.
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About the Author
After his expulsion to the West in 1976, he accepted an invitation to continue his interrupted studies at Cambridge University, where he earned a master's degree in biology. His status as a leading irritant to the Soviet government was ensured by the publication in 1978 of his powerful bestselling prison memoir To Build a Castle, recently re-released in digital format.
Bukovsky continued for decades to write and speak about the dangerous abuses of state power. Having survived torture himself, he warned post-9/11 America in a Washington Post essay that torture also traumatizes its perpetrators: "Our rich experience in Russia has shown that many will become alcoholics or drug addicts, violent criminals or, at the very least, despotic and abusive fathers and mothers."
Even into his seventies and despite failing health, he has continued to be a burr under the saddle of Russian leaders. In 2014 his testimony helped the British inquiry into the murder by radiation poisoning of his friend, Alexander Litvinenko, conclude that President Putin had likely sanctioned the killing.
Bukovsky sees Russian leadership not as a series of changing regimes, but as an unbroken chain of murderous meddling at home and abroad. After the 2018 radiation poisoning of military intelligence defector Sergei Skripal and his daughter in England, he quipped: "If two cruise missiles were to be launched at the Lubyanka, the level of terrorism worldwide would drop by approximately 80 percent."
Writer and security policy expert, former editor of the Economist.
From 1976 to 1982, he was the Moscow correspondent of the Financial Times of London. He then became a special correspondent on Soviet affairs of The Wall Street Journal. He is currently a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and a fellow of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. He has been a research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and a visiting professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Table of Contents
Author’s Preface ix
This Book and its Sources xv
Volume I In the East 1
Chapter 1 Phony War 3
Chapter 2 The Night After the Battle Belongs to the Marauders 59
Chapter 3 Back to the Future! 95
Volume II In the West 287
Chapter 4 Betrayal 289
Chapter 5 The Watershed Years 357
Chapter 6 The Revolution That Never Was 493
Appendix A Only a Trial Will Do This Time 613
Appendix B Interview with Vladimir Bukovsky 621
Appendix C Additional Online Resources 627
Biographical Information 637
Yulia Zaks (1937–2014) 681