Comrade Kryuchkov's Instructions: Top Secret Files on KGB Foreign Operations, 1975-1985
This volume is a revealing selection of this highly classified material, with an informative commentary by Christopher Andrew, based on joint analysis of the documents with Gordievsky. The book gives us a fascinating inside look at the workings and the thinking of the KGB, whose chairman was General V. A. Kryuchkov, later one of the leaders of the abortive coup against Gorbachev in August 1991. The documents range from somewhat comic instructions to sabotage the U.S. bicentennial to detailed methods for recruiting agents to orders concerning the KGB's largest peacetime intelligence operations, an attempt to secure information on President Reagan's (non-existent) preparations for a nuclear first strike against the Soviet Union.
The book was first published in England in 1992 under the title Instructions from the Centre.
'It is reassuring to find out how much of the old spy fiction was rooted in fact. Thanks to John le Carre, 'Moscow Rules' - complete with dead letter boxes and chalk marks on benches--are part of our vocabulary. It is, therefore, eminently satisfying to have Gordievsky, Moscow Centre's most famous defector, detail how the KGB actually used them.' The Sunday Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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