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The Mitrokhin Archive The KGB in Europe and the West by Christopher Andrew, Vasili Mitrokhin

The Mitrokhin Archive The KGB in Europe and the West



The Mitrokhin Archive The KGB in Europe and the West by Christopher Andrew, Vasili Mitrokhin

The Mitrokhin Archive tells for the first time in full the startling story of Soviet attempts to infiltrate the West. Working from Vasili Mitrokhin's archive and his own unrivalled expertise in the history of intelligence, Christopher Andrew has created an extraordinary picture of a USSR committed to covert activity at home and abroad to maintain Communism. From technological espionage to the cultivation of agents of influence, the KGB's methods ranged from financial inducements through sexual blackmail to assassination as they pursued their aims. What emerges is a state apparatus devoted to - even obsessed by - gathering information yet quite incapable of analysing it realistically.

About the Author

Christopher Andrew is Professor of Modern and Contemporary History and Chair of the Faculty of History at Cambridge University. His authorised history of MI5 will be published by Penguin in 2009. Vasili Mitrokhin was a former senior officer of the Soviet Foreign Intelligence service whose career spanned the period between 1948 and 1984. He defected to the United Kingdom in 1992 and died in 2004.

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Publication date

27th July 2000


Christopher Andrew, Vasili Mitrokhin

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Penguin Books Ltd


1040 pages


Espionage & secret services
Military intelligence



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