The author, a former GRU officer and now an historian, updates the assassins story during the last decade. The use of computer hacking, disinformation, propaganda and murder by Putin’s Russia pose every bit as much threat to his neighbours as did the Soviet Union. – Most Highly Recommended
NAME: Assassins, The KGB's Poison Factory 10 Years On FILE: R3153 AUTHOR: Boris Volodarsky PUBLISHER: frontline books, Pen & Sword BINDING: hard back PRICE: £25.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Intelligence services, GRU, KGB, FSB, assassination, murder squads, poison, radiation, post-Cold War, international relations, collateral damage, civilian casualties, unintended consequences ISBN: 1-52673-392-7 PAGES: 322 IMAGE: B3153.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/ry6tvrl DESCRIPTION: The author, a former GRU officer and now an historian, updates the assassins story during the last decade. The use of computer hacking, disinformation, propaganda and murder by Putin's Russia pose every bit as much threat to his neighbours as did the Soviet Union. - Most Highly Recommended The Russia intelligence services have included assassination units, before the Soviet era and after it. Although a variety of weapons have been used, poison has always featured. It may be a very long time before that changes because terror has been an important factor through Russia's history. Czar Ivan, 'the Terrible' sent out his Oprichniki to terrorise peasant and boyer alike in ways familiar to more recent Russian organs. The Oprichniki favoured frying their more important victims to death in giant frying pans and the tradition continued in the Soviet era when the GRU favoured killing their victims by cremating them alive. Shooting and hanging was common and all of these terrors were intended to enable a small number of people to ruthlessly rule a very large number. Poison was a favoured weapon abroad but the ice pick and gun were also used on Bolsheviks who had fled the Soviet Union. Today, the FSB and GRU are happy to track down and murder people disliked by Putin without any regard to collateral damage amongst citizens in the country where the victims were run down. As radioactive poisons are now most favoured, the probability of collateral damage on a major scale is very high, increased by apparent incompetence of the assassins. This incompetence against earlier assassinations brings to mind a joke circulating in post-Soviet Russia – a man queuing for bread made a rude remark about the current leadership & a KGB officer in the queue berated him for the remark pointing out that under the Soviet regime he would have been taken and shot. When the man returned home he told his wife what had happened and observed, “ I knew things were bad but even the KGB cant afford to buy bullets any more”. The author has provided a detailed review of the state of play and it makes enthralling, if chilling, reading. The assassinations will only stop if countries where they take place act quickly and seriously against Putin and the mafia currently ruling Russia.