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Loyal Comrades, Ruthless Killers: The Secret Services of the USSR 1917-1991

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Loyal Comrades, Ruthless Killers is a candid and revealing history of the secret services of the Soviet Union. Written by a former member of the Soviet military, it analyzes the development of the secret services from the Cheka through to the KGB and their role in such events as the attacks on the peasantry in the 1920s, the Great Purge of the 1930s and the creation of the

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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published March 24th 2007 by Barnes & Noble
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Manray9
Feb 19, 2012 Manray9 rated it it was ok
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This book has some fascinating photos from the author’s extensive personal collection, but I suspect Mr. Katamidze is a former Soviet chekist. He is a barefaced apologist for the loathsome Beria and a denier of Soviet guilt for the Katyn murders – despite revelations from the so-called Stalin Archives which include memoranda ordering the executions signed by Beria!
Eric
Interesting and well-written, with a nice layout and good photos. The author did a fine job of spending more time than most authors do on Lenin and Trotsky's time.

However, my major complaint is that at times I felt like I was reading propaganda, especially when it came to Stalin. On every historical question or issues, the author comes down firmly on Stalin's side, to the point that I thought he was minimizing Stalin's responsibility for the actions of the Soviet Union's secret services. That d
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Vallan Melicent Кантнер
I gave it three stars- not because it is the most amazing or telling book regrading intelligence agencies in the old USSR, but because it was very interesting to hear the perspective of a Georgian (a country that has large issues with Russia and is not an ally of the nation).

Of course it is bias- but sometimes reading a bias account of another countries intelligence agencies is more informative, and definitely amusing.
Elliott
The first half is really good and goes into details about Russian intelligence that is never even mentioned in history classes. The second half doesn't go into the same details that it should with Russian history and the KGB. Still it discusses stuff one never really knew.
Cburrows
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