By Boris Volodarsky

This can be the background of an exceptional deception operation - the most important KGB deception of all time. It hasn't ever been instructed in complete before.

General Alexander Orlov, Stalin's such a lot dependable and relied on henchman through the Spanish Civil conflict, used to be additionally the Soviet handler controlling Kim Philby, the British undercover agent, defector, and member of the infamous 'Cambridge Five'. Escaping Stalin's purges, Orlov fled to the US within the overdue Thirties and lived underground. He basically dared exhibit his id to the realm after Stalin's demise, in his 1953 best-seller The mystery historical past of Stalin's Crimes, and then he turned probably the easiest identified of all Soviet defectors, a lot written approximately, hugely praised, and venerated by way of the U.S. Congress on his dying in 1973.

But there's a twist within the Orlov tale past the desires of even the main creative undercover agent novelist: common Alexander Orlov by no means really existed. the fellow referred to as Orlov used to be in truth born Leiba Feldbin. And whereas he was a devoted servant of Stalin and the controller of Philby, he was once by no means a basic within the KGB, by no means really defected to the West after his flight from the USSR, and remained a faithful Soviet agent until eventually his loss of life. The Orlov tale because it has been permitted beforehand used to be principally the discovery of the KGB - and one perpetuated lengthy after the top of the chilly warfare.

In this meticulous new biography, Boris Volodarsky, himself a former Soviet intelligence officer, now tells the real tale at the back of Orlov for the 1st time. An exciting story of Russian espionage and deception, stretching from the time of Lenin to the Putin period, it is a tale that might ship shockwaves throughout the world's intelligence firms.

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He did not recruit Burgess, Philby, Maclean, and Blunt, or any member of the Oxford Spy Ring, as widely believed. In this book, readers will find updated information about both Cambridge and Oxford spy networks as well as other Soviet agents and collaborators. Among those who also figure in this narration, although they have never been identified as spies, agents, or collaborators, are personalities such as Christopher Hill, a former master of Balliol College, Oxford, and wartime head of the Russian desk at the Foreign Office, as well as Sir Roger Hollis of MI5.

In 1915, he moved to Moscow and studied briefly at the Lazarevsky Institute of Oriental Languages,1 but left after two semesters to enrol at Moscow University’s Faculty of Law. In 1916, Feldbin, along with his cousin Zinovy Katznelson,2 was drafted into the Tsar’s army. Both managed to avoid action, being relegated to the reserves behind the Urals instead of going to the front. In the autumn of 1917, Feldbin graduated as a junior officer from the 2nd Warrant Officer School, and a former classmate met him in the glamorous Moscow GUM department store wearing the uniform of a sub-lieutenant,3 or podporu´chik in Russian.

This is based on the KGB documents that were made available to the British author John Costello, but were either not used or else misinterpreted. One intriguing claim made by Volodarsky is that there was no Cambridge Spy Ring as has been widely assumed but rather a process of recruitment of individual agents, like Burgess and Blunt, but also of more than 100 other British agents/collaborators. In a substantial appendix, the foreword by paul pre ston xxxi book provides the only existing biographical essay on their real recruiter, the Viennese Dr Arnold Deutsch.

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