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5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting and historical fraud., 24 Oct. 2011
According to the Mitrokhin book, 'The Sword and the Shield', "during the early Cold War, the Paris residency [of the KGB] also appears to have been the most successful promoter of active measures designed to influence Western opinion and opinion-formers. Between 1947 and 1955 the residency sponsored a number of bogus memoirs and other propagandist works, among them J'ai Choisi la Potence (I've Chosen The Gallows) by General Andrei Vlasov, who had fought with the Germans on the eastern front; the equally fraudulent Ma Carriere a l'Etat-major Sovietique (My career in the Soviet High Command) by "Ivan Krylov"; and bogus correspondence between Stalin and Tito, published in the weekly magazine Carrefour, in which Tito confessed to being a Trotsykist. The main author of the forgeries was Grigori Besedovsky, a former Soviet diplomat who had settled in Paris. Some of Besedovsky's fabrications, which even included two books about Stalin by a non-existent nephew, were sophisticated enough to deceive even such a celebrated Soviet scholar as E.H. Carr, who in 1955 contributed a forward to Notes for a Journal, fraudulently attributed to the former foreign commissar Maxim Litvinov. The resident in Paris from 1946 to 1948, Ivan Ivanovich Agayants, who had launched the Besedovsky frauds, was later appointed head of the FCD's first specialized disinformation service, Department D."
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