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Secret Servant: My Life With the KGB and the Soviet Elite

by Dzhirkvelov, Ilya

Condition: Very Good/Very Good


UK: Collins, 1987. 398pp & approx 900g to post - review/content >>> The author served in the NKVD/KGB in various capacities for 30 years before heading to the West. Unlike many defectors who left for ideological reasons, Dzirkvelov left because he felt he had been given a raw deal at his last posting in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1980 (while serving as a correspondent for the Soviet News Agency, TASS). Dzirkvelov's accounts are all the more interesting because he is unrepentant about his work and pro-Stalinist views. His discussions of relations between Russians and other Soviet nationalities (Dzirkvelov being a Georgian) are also of interest. He comes off as terribly deluded from reality by his own ideological beliefs.. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 24cm.


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