Biological espionage : special operations of the Soviet and Russian foreign intelligence services in the West

by Kouzminov, Alexander.

Format: Print Book 2005
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Call Number  UB271.R9 K68 2005x
In the wake of 9/11 the threat of biological terrorism and sabotage has been thrust to the forefront of public consciousness. However, this is far from being a new phenomenon. From World War II onwards, the Cold War powers devoted considerable resources to developing what became known in the military as µbugs and gas'. This groundbreaking study lifts the lid on the top-secret Department 12 of Directorate S (Special Operations) v the elite inner core of the KGB First Chief Directorate and its successor, the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service. During the 1980s and early 1990s the department encouraged biological espionage, the planning and preparation of biological terrorism and acts of sabotage. Their work was carried out primarily through µIllegals' v intelligence operatives who were secretly deployed to the West and covertly operated there, masquerading as citizens of Western countries under assumed names and cover stories. One of its top operatives, Alexander Kouzminov, has decided to break his silence and reveal in depth for the first time the department's tasks, plans and tactics. More disturbingly, he explores what others in the West and the developing world are and could be capable of. In this remarkable book we learn the secrets of the USSR's elite intelligence operatives v secrets which could prove vital in maintaining international security in today's uncertain political climate.
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "This modest and readable memoir comes from a former officer of Department 12 of the Soviet KGB's foreign intelligence branch. Department 12 had two duties: conducting biological warfare and spying on everybody else's biowar efforts. Joining the KGB after army service and college in the early '80s, the author became a specialist in running spies, particularly the famous "illegals" who might spend most of their working lives abroad. The efforts of the illegals gave the KGB a steady flow of information on foreign biological research, weapons procurement, immunology and other related subjects (the Human Genome Project was a major target). Department 12's work became particularly demanding after DNA research led to genetic tailoring of biowar agents, then became impossible after the collapse of the Soviet Union. After 9/11, Kouzminov and his wife left Russia with the hope of participating in international cooperation against biological warfare. The author does a good job of portraying the labyrinthine bureaucracy and paranoid secrecy of the espionage world, and he is informative about tradecraft. One wishes he could have told more about people like his wife and the avuncular KGB grouch General Drozdov (who played a large role in the Afghanistan invasion), but the book still offers a useful addition to the literature of late Cold War espionage. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Subjects Espionage, Soviet -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Espionage, Soviet -- Europe, Western -- History -- 20th century.
Espionage -- Russia (Federation) -- History -- 20th century.
Espionage -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Espionage -- Europe, Western -- History -- 20th century.
Bioterrorism -- Soviet Union.
Bioterrorism -- Russia (Federation)
Bioterrorism -- United States.
Bioterrorism -- Europe, Western.
Special operations (Military science) -- Soviet Union.
Special operations (Military science) -- Russia (Federation)
Special operations (Military science) -- United States.
Special operations (Military science) -- Europe, Western.
Publisher London :Greenhill,2005
Language English
Description 192 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (page 181) and index. .
ISBN 1853676462
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