Soviet Defectors: Revelations Of Renegade Intelligence Officers, 1924-1954

October 31, 2020|
Soviet Defectors: Revelations Of Renegade Intelligence Officers, 1924-1954 by Kevin Riehle
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An analysis of the insider information and insights that over eighty Soviet intelligence officer defectors revealed during the first half of the Soviet period

  • Identifies 88 Soviet intelligence officer defectors for the period 1917 to 1954, representing a variety of specializations; the most comprehensive list of Soviet intelligence officer defectors compiled to date.
  • Shows the evolution of Soviet threat perceptions and the development of the "main enemy" concept in the Soviet national security system.
  • Shows fluctuations in the Soviet recruitment and vetting of personnel for sensitive national security positions, corresponding with fluctuations in the stability of the Soviet government.
  • Compiles for the first time corroborative primary sources in English, Russian, French, German, Finnish, Japanese, Latvian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish.

  • When intelligence officers defect, they take with them privileged information and often communicate it to the receiving state. This book identifies a group of those defectors from the Soviet elite - intelligence officers - and provides an aggregate analysis of their information to uncover Stalin''s strategic priorities and concerns, thus to open a window into Stalin''s impenetrable national security decision making. This book uses their information to define Soviet threat perceptions and national security anxieties during Stalin''s time as Soviet leader.

    Title:Soviet Defectors: Revelations Of Renegade Intelligence Officers, 1924-1954Format:HardcoverProduct dimensions:248 pages, 9.41 X 7.24 X 0.98 inShipping dimensions:248 pages, 9.41 X 7.24 X 0.98 inPublished:October 31, 2020Publisher:Edinburgh University PressLanguage:English

    The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

    ISBN - 10:1474467237

    ISBN - 13:9781474467230

    Appropriate for ages: All ages

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