By Robert W. Pringle
The KGB and GRU are only of the numerous Russian and Soviet intelligence corporations coated in ancient Dictionary of Russian and Soviet Intelligence. via an inventory of acronyms and abbreviations, a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and thousands of cross-referenced dictionary entries, a transparent photograph of this topic is gifted. Entries additionally conceal Russian and Soviet leaders, major intelligence and safety officials, the Lenin and Stalin purges, the gulag, and famous espionage instances.
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AGRANOV, YAKOV SAMULOVICH (1893–1938). An Old Bolshevik who joined the Communist Party in 1915, Agranov was one of the most effective of the early Chekist leaders. He advanced quickly in the service as a counterintelligence expert to become deputy chief. Agranov set up the first show trial in Leningrad in 1921 to publicize and punish resistance to the regime among the Leningrad intellectual elite. An intellectual, Agranov was close to a number of leading writers, including Vladimir Mayakovsky and Maksim Gorky.
Of the agents Ames betrayed, two were rescued, but 10 were executed in Moscow, and others were imprisoned. Among the agents reportedly betrayed by Ames were Adolf Tolkachev, who worked in the aircraft industry; Dmitry Polyakov, a GRU major general; and Oleg Gordievskiy, a KGB colonel serving in London and working for the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS). Ames’s code name was “Lyudmila”: the KGB used a woman’s name to help disguise his identity. Ames signed his KGB receipts with the name “Kolokol” (Bell).
Amerasia editor Philip Jaffe, who had been a Communist Party member, claimed that he was collecting documents to complete a detailed study of the Chinese civil war. Jaffe received documents from Service, who acted out of a personal desire to expose Washington’s alliance with the corrupt Nationalist regime in China. S. security was during the war, and the unilateral steps some professionals would take to release classified material. qxd 7/27/06 7:54 AM Page 9 ANALYSIS • 9 AMES, ALDRICH (1941– ).