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Mitrokhin Archive: The KGB in Europe a/Andrew, Christ/Paper/0140284877/S052-C1
In 1992 the British Secret Intelligence Service exfiltrated from Russia a defector whose presence in the West has remained secret until the publication of this book. Vasili Mitrokhin worked for almost thirty years in the foreign intelligence archives of the KGB. He spent over a decade copying highly classified files which, at enormous personal risk, he smuggled daily out of the archives. Mitrokhin's archive, which extends from the Lenin era to the 1980s, has been described by the FBI as 'the most complete and extensive intelligence ever received from any source'. This unprecedented treasure-trove of KGB material, supplemented by research, has enabled Christopher Andrew to cast new light on the history both of the Soviet Union and of the East-West conflict. This first volume of The Mitrokhin Archive gives an extraordinary insight into the KGB's penetration of the West, its secret links with Western communist parties, its covert role in maintaining the Soviet empire in Eastern Europe, and it brutal war against dissidents inside and outside the Soviet Union.