SMERSH: Stalin's Secret Weapon: Soviet Military by Vadim J. Birstein

By Vadim J. Birstein

"Why is a e-book approximately SMERSH proper this present day? As Mr. Birstein takes pains to indicate, 'the current Russian executive turns out purpose on whitewashing Stalin's atrocities and the heritage of the Soviet defense services.'"—The Washington Times

SMERSH is basically identified to readers in English as James Bond's sinister opponent. but SMERSH was once a true association and used to be simply as diabolical as its fictional counterpart. in response to Russian files and memoirs, a serious lacking piece of the historical past of worldwide battle II and the Soviet mystery companies is ultimately uncovered to the sunshine of day.

Vadim J. Birstein, PhD, is a historian, activist, and molecular geneticist. He lives in New York.


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By Vadim J. Birstein

"Why is a e-book approximately SMERSH proper this present day? As Mr. Birstein takes pains to indicate, 'the current Russian executive turns out purpose on whitewashing Stalin's atrocities and the heritage of the Soviet defense services.'"—The Washington Times

SMERSH is basically identified to readers in English as James Bond's sinister opponent. but SMERSH was once a true association and used to be simply as diabolical as its fictional counterpart. in response to Russian files and memoirs, a serious lacking piece of the historical past of worldwide battle II and the Soviet mystery companies is ultimately uncovered to the sunshine of day.

Vadim J. Birstein, PhD, is a historian, activist, and molecular geneticist. He lives in New York.


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Letter of the Party Central Committee, dated April 15, 1966, in A. Novikov and V. Telitsyn, ‘Mertvym—ne bol’no, bol’no—zhivym,’ Voprosy literatury, No. html, retrieved September 9, 2011. 18. V. V. Bykov, ‘Dolgaya doroga domoi,’ Druzhba narodov, No. html, retrieved September 4, 2011. 19. stm, retrieved September 4, 2011. 20. Vadim Telitsin, ‘SMERSH’: Operatsii i ispolniteli (Smolensk: Rusich, 2000) (in Russian). 21. Nikolai Poroskov, ‘Voennaya kontrrazvedka vchera i segodnya,’ Voennopromyshlennyi kur’er, No.

SOVIET SECURITY SERVICES AND THEIR HEADS The VCheKa, headed by Felix Dzerzhinsky, a Bolshevik from a family of minor Polish nobility, who as a teenager dreamed of becoming a Catholic priest, consisted of only 12 members. 5 Additionally, all big industrialists, businessmen, merchants, noble-landowners, ‘counterrevolutionary priests’, and ‘officers hostile to the Soviet government’ were to be placed into concentration camps and forced to work there. Any attempt to resist was punished by immediate execution.

Com/id/221210, retrieved September 4, 2011. 44. The Soviets participated only in the Military International Tribunal and the Trial of the Major War Criminals (November 1945–October 1946). Most Russians are not aware of the twelve American Subsequent Nuremberg Proceedings that followed from 1946 to 1949. 45. Only recently were several truthful memoirs about these events published, including Nikolai I. Obryn’ba, The Memoirs of a Soviet Resistance Fighter on the Eastern Front, translated by Vladimir Kupnik (Dulles, VA: Potomac Books, 2007), and Vladimir Shimkevich, Sud’ba moskovskogo opolchentsa.

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