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Moscow Rules: Secret Police, Spies, Sleepers, Assassins
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Douglas Boyd
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Moscow Rules: Secret Police, Spies, Sleepers, Assassins

Douglas Boyd



Military history


336 pages

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After the guns fell silent in May 1945, the USSR resumed its clandestine warfare against the western democracies. Stalin installed secret police services in the satellite countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Trained by his NKVD officers of the Polish UB, the Czech StB, the Hungarian AVO, Romania's Securitate, Bulgaria's KDS, Albania's Sigurimi and the Stasi of the German Democratic Republic spied on and ruthlessly repressed their fellow citizens on the Soviet model. When the resultant hatred exploded in uprisings they were put down by brutality, bloodshed and Soviet tanks. Not so obvious was that these state terror organisations were also designed for military and commercial espionage in the West, to conceal the real case officers in Moscow. Specially trained operatives undertook `wet jobs', including the assassinations. Perhaps the most menacing were the sleepers who who married and raised families in the west while waiting to strike against their host countries; many are still among us. In Moscow Rules Douglas Boyd explores the relationship between the KGB and its ghastly brood - a family from hell.

By:   Douglas Boyd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   New edition
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
ISBN:   9780750989367
ISBN 10:   075098936X
Series:   Espionage
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   February 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Douglas Boyd was trained as a Russian-language snooper on Warsaw Pact air forces, based at a secret RAF SIGINT base in Berlin, and spent time as a Cold War POW in East Berlin. He has scripted and directed historical reconstructions as a BBC TV producer. He is the author of more than 10 books, including The Kremlin Conspiracy, The Solitary Spy and Red October.

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