Stalin's Agent

Stalin's Agent : The Life and Death of Alexander Orlov

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This is the history of an unprecedented deception operation - the biggest KGB deception of all time. It has never been told in full until now. There are almost certainly people who would like it never to be told. It is the story of General Alexander Orlov. Stalin's most loyal and trusted henchman during the Spanish Civil War, Orlov was also the Soviet handler controlling Kim Philby, the British spy, defector, and member of the notorious 'Cambridge Five'. Escaping Stalin's purges, Orlov fled to America in the late 1930s and lived underground. He only dared reveal his identity to the world after Stalin's death, in his 1953 best-seller The Secret History of Stalin's Crimes, after which he became perhaps the best known of all Soviet defectors, much written about, highly praised, and commemorated by the US Congress on his death in 1973. But there is a twist in the Orlov story beyond the dreams of even the most ingenious spy novelist: 'General Alexander Orlov' never actually existed. The man known as 'Orlov' was in fact born Leiba Feldbin.
And while he was a loyal servant of Stalin and the controller of Philby, he was never a General in the KGB, never truly defected to the West after his 'flight' from the USSR, and remained a loyal Soviet agent until his death. The 'Orlov' story as it has been accepted until now was largely the invention of the KGB - and one perpetuated long after the end of the Cold War. In this meticulous new biography, Boris Volodarsky, himself a former Soviet intelligence officer, now tells the true story behind 'Orlov' for the first time. An intriguing tale of Russian espionage and deception, stretching from the time of Lenin to the Putin era, it is a story that many people in the world's intelligence agencies would almost definitely prefer you not to know about.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 832 pages
  • 162 x 236 x 54mm | 1,339.98g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 25 black and white halftones
  • 0199656584
  • 9780199656585
  • 539,793

About Boris Volodarsky

Boris Volodarsky was born in Russia in 1955. After receiving his university diploma, he was drafted into the Soviet army as a GRU Spetsnaz officer (military intelligence, special operations) and later trained as an undercover intelligence operator, at a time in the 1980s when Soviet intelligence services were on alert to watch for US preparations for a surprise nuclear attack against the USSR. He left the Soviet Union with the onset of glasnost and perestroika and
now works as a consultant for international private risk analysis and risk management companies. A member of the World Association of International Studies (WAIS) at Stanford University, Dr Volodarsky's articles and interviews are regularly published in the international media and he is the author of a
number of other works on Soviet intelligence history, including most recently The KGB's Poison Factory: From Lenin to Litvinenko (2009).
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Table of contents

PART I : FELDBIN AKA NIKOLSKY AKA NIKOLAEV AKA GOLDIN AKA ORLOV AKA KOORNICK AKA BERG; PART II: IN SPAIN; PART III: THE ORLOV LEGACY; APPENDICES
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guaranteed to keep you thinking * Northern Echo, Steve Craggs * he is particularly good at capturing Russia's long-running culture of secrecy * The Weekend Australian * Meticulously researched ... the most comprehensive text so far on the topic of Soviet espionage in the inter-war period. * Andrei Znamenski, Reviews in History * Volodarsky's researches into the context of his story are as revealing and interesting as the story itself...a significant and valuable addition. * Spectator, Alan Judd * For historians of Soviet intelligence, Stalin's Agent provides a vast quantity of information. * Amy Knight, The Times Literary Supplement *
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For historians of Soviet intelligence, Stalin's Agent provides a vast quantity of information. Amy Knight, The Times Literary Supplement
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