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Loyal Comrades, Ruthless Killers: The Secret Services of the USSR 1920's to the Present

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The secret services of the Soviet Union were intimately involved in all the great conflicts of the 20th century from 1970-1991; and even since the break up of the Soviet Empire; their inheritors in Russia have played a key role, and continue to do so into the fight against international terror in the early 21st century. No other institution in modern history has had such a ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published June 30th 2003 by Lewis International (FL)
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Manray9
Feb 19, 2012 Manray9 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
Aug 27, 2007 Elliott rated it liked it
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.
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