Tales from the Russian Intelligence with Prof. Filip Kovacevic

Richard Sorge – The Communist James Bond

In the third edition of the new monthly show produced by Newsbud Tales from the Russian Intelligence, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the biography of the Soviet spy Richard Sorge based on declassified documents from the Russian archives and the various Russian publications as reported in a book by the well-known Russian journalist and historical researcher Elena Prudnikova entitled “Richard Sorge: Who Was He Really?” published in Moscow in 2015. You won’t find this book in English and that is what makes Professor Kovacevic’s show on the Soviet and Russian intelligence activities unique in the English-speaking media sphere. The key issue he examines is what made the Russian-born German national Richard Sorge worthy of being called the Communist James Bond. Do not miss this exclusive edition of Tales from the Russian Intelligence!

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Елена А. Прудникова [Elena Prudnikova]. Рихард Зорге. Кто он >на самом деле? [Richard Sorge. Who Was He Really?]. — Мoсква [Moscow]: Эксмо, 2015.

Yuri Drozdov: The Mastermind of the Soviet Deep Undercover Spying Program

In the second edition of the new monthly show produced by Newsbud Tales from the Russian Intelligence, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the life and writings of Yuri Drozdov, a KGB major general who passed away in Moscow on June 21, 2017 at the age of 91. Drozdov was one of the masterminds of the Soviet deep undercover operations in the West. He was the long-time head of the legendary KGB Department ‘S’ which prepared and directed the so-called Illegal agents who operated under fake identities in the U.S. and Western Europe. Professor Kovacevic looks at several imaginative KGB operations run by Drozdov as described in his memoir “Fiction Excluded: Notes of the Chief of Illegal Intelligence,” and various TV and print interviews. This is the first time most of this material is discussed in English. Do not miss this exclusive edition of Tales from the Russian Intelligence!

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Юрй И. Дроздов [Yuri Drozdov]. Вымысел исключён: Записки начальника нелегальной разведки [Fiction Excluded: Notes of the Chief of Illegal Intelligence]. — Мoсква [Moscow]: ОЛМА-Пресс, 2000.

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The Confessions of Spy Masters: CIA’s Tennent Pete Bagley & KGB’s Sergei Kondrashev

In this pilot edition of the new monthly show produced by Newsbud Tales from the Russian Intelligence, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the book published posthumously in 2015 by CIA veteran Tennent ‘Pete’ Bagley “Spymaster: Startling Cold War Revelations of a KGB Spy Chief as Revealed to His Ex-CIA Agent Friend.” He focuses on the information on the KGB operations and methods as communicated to Bagley by KGB veteran Sergei Kondrashev, some of which are genuinely surprising. The SVR, the Russian foreign intelligence agency, did not give permission for Kondrashev’s memoirs to be published, so Bagley published them in this book without their permission. What is the information that the Russian intelligence did not want you to see? Find out in this pilot edition of Tales from the Russian Intelligence!

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Tennent (Pete) Bagley. Spymaster: Startling Cold War Revelations of A Soviet KGB Chief as Revealed to His Ex-CIA Agent Friend. New York: Skyhorse Publishing, 2015.