Stalins Agent: The Life and Death of Alexander Orlov

Hardcover | January 16, 2015

byBoris Volodarsky

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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 thelate 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 USCongress 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 aGeneral 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 inthe world's intelligence agencies would almost definitely prefer you not to know about.

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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...

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 p...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:784 pagesPublished:January 16, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Foreword by Paul PrestonPreface by Tennent H. BagleyIntroductionPART I : Feldbin aka Nikolsky aka Nikolaev aka Goldin aka Orlov aka Koornick aka Berg1. Bobruisk - Moscow2. Paris: August 1926 - December 19273. Berlin: January 1928 - April 1931Interlude One: First American Adventure: September - November 19324. Vienna: April - July 19335. Geneva-Paris, Operation EXPRESS: July 1933 - May 19346. Enterprise 'O'7. Vienna-Copenhagen-London: 19 June - 25 July 1934Interlude Two: London: September - December 19348. London: January - March 19359. Copenhagen: Early 193510. Mr. Resident: June - September 193511. Home, Sweet Home: October 1935 - September 1936PART II: In Spain12. The Backdrop: Spilling the Spanish Beans13. Moscow-Madrid-Valencia: August 1936 - January 193714. The Internationals15. JUZIK will be called ARTUR16. NKVD and their 'Neighbours'17. The Secret History of Orlov's Crimes18. The POUM Affair: Operation NIKOLAI19. Murder in Lausanne20. Nineteen Thirty Eight and BeyondPART III: The Orlov LegacyInterlude Three: A Letter21. Trotsky and Tito22. True Lies23. The Affair Called 'Agent Mark'24. Secrets of PF 605.07525. KGB in the Law Quad26. In and Out of the DST27. Comrade Walter28. Conclusion: Behind Closed CurtainsAppendicesI. Dr Arnold DeutschII. Soviet Agents, Suspected Agents, Collaborators and SympathisersIII. DocumentsNotesArchives and BibliographyIndex