Of course, with the fall of the USSR, the KGB also disappeared, but it must be admitted that the name disappeared, but the structure remained and is now known as the FSB. In childhood, we all loved to play intelligence heroes, we searched for hidden documents, set up hiding places and, like in real life, among us were both dedicated players and traitors.
But if betrayal in a child's game is an event that does not affect anything, then in the confrontation between the intelligence structures of various states, betrayal leads to serious consequences when the very notion of peaceful existence on the planet is threatened.
In this article we consider the most famous storiesassociated with betrayal, and about those people who, for various reasons, are pushing their werewolf intelligence comrades to death.
The most famous reports of werewolf intelligence officers who appeared in the media in various years.
Andrei Pavlovich Smirnov, an intelligence officer in Finland, was one of the first Soviet illegals abroad. At the beginning of 1922, he found out that his younger brother was shot for belonging to a political organization of "economic pests", and the second brother, together with his mother, fled to Brazil. After that, Smirnov went to the Finnish authorities and betrayed all the agents known to him working in Finland. The Soviet court for committing the crime sentenced Smirnov to capital punishment - execution. The Finnish authorities also tried the traitor, and by sentence he served two years in prison. After the end of his prison term, in 1924, Smirnov moved to Brazil with his relatives. In the same year, he died in unclear circumstances. It may well have been eliminated by the Soviet secret services.
The agent of the Red Capel group Robert Barth (“Beck”) was captured by the Gestapo in 1942, and was turned over. He worked for the Nazis in the occupied territories of Western Europe. He was sentenced to death in absentia. In the spring of 1945, he moved to the Americans, and they transferred him to the NKVD officers. In 1945, the Beck agent was shot.
Senior Lieutenant Shelaputin Vadim Ivanovich, who was a military intelligence officer as an interpreter for the Central Group Group's military intelligence service, contacted American intelligence in 1949 in Austria, and handed over Soviet agents he knew. In the USSR, he was sentenced in absentia to capital punishment - execution. At the end of 50, Shelaputin began working for British intelligence UIC. In December, 1952, he was granted English citizenship, documents for a new name, Victor Gregory. After that, he moved to London and got a permanent job on the Russian BBC Radio, and later on Radio Liberty. At the beginning of the 90-i retired.
Polyakov Dmitry Fedorovich, Major General, military intelligence officer, for 20 years he issued 1500 officers of the GRU and KGB, 150 foreign agents, 19 Soviet intelligence agents, illegal immigrants. He conveyed information about the Sino-Soviet differences, which allowed the Americans to establish friendly relations with China. He gave the CIA information about the new type of weapons of the Soviet Army, which greatly helped the Americans to eliminate it. weaponwhen it was applied by Iraq during the Gulf military operations in 1991. Polyakova passed in 1985, Aldridge Ames - the most famous American defector. Polyakov was arrested at the end of 1986, and sentenced to death. The sentence was carried out in 1988 year. For Dmitry Polyakov I asked at a meeting with the President of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev, the President of the United States, Ronald Reagan. But Gorbachev affirmatively replied that the man for whom the American president himself is asking is already dead. Obviously, it was Polyakov, not Penkovsky, who, according to the Americans, was the most successful spy.
Colonel GRU Gordievsky Oleg Antonovich began to work against the intelligence of the USSR from 1974 year, being an employee of the agent of foreign intelligence of the USSR in Denmark. Gordiyevsky gave the British SIS information about plans to carry out terrorist acts and preparing for a political campaign to accuse the US government of violating human rights and freedoms. In 1980, the colonel was recalled to Moscow. He was entrusted with the preparation of documents on the history of PSU operations in the UK, the Australian-Asian region and the Scandinavian countries, which gave him the opportunity to gain access to the secret archives of the PSU. During Gorbachev’s state visit to England in 1984, he personally provided him with intelligence. True, it is necessary to recognize that even earlier they were received by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. In 1985, Ames passed it. While in Moscow, under the supervision of the authorities who checked him, Oleg Gordievsky managed to escape during the morning physical exercises. The traitor ran in his underpants, and in his hands was only a plastic bag. There is information that Gordievsky lives in London.
Vladimir Bogdanovich Rezun, an employee of legal intelligence agencies, has been working as an agent in Geneva since 1974. In 1978, Rezun (Suvorov) disappeared from home with his wife and young child. Soon it was reported that all this time, Vladimir Rezun worked for the British ICU. Never as a motive did not resort to ideological motives. Now the traitor is known as "historian-writer" Viktor Suvorov, author of the books "Icebreaker", "Aquarium", etc.
Vladimir Andreevich Kuzichkin, a foreign intelligence officer, in 1977, began working as an illegal in the capital of Iran. In the year 1982, on the eve of the official arrival of the commission from PSU, he suddenly did not find a number of secret documents in his own safe, was afraid of reprisals and decided to flee to the West. The British granted political asylum to Kuzichkin. On a tip from Kuzichkin in Iran, the Tude party, which collaborated with the KGB, was destroyed. Vladimir Kuzichkin was sentenced in the Soviet Union to death. In 1986, the first attempt was made to kill him. At the same time, the traitor’s spouse, who remained in the USSR, received from the KGB officers an official certificate of her husband’s death. But two years later, Kuzichkin was "resurrected." He sent petitions for pardon to Mikhail Gorbachev, and in 1991, to Boris Yeltsin. His petitions remained unanswered.
The mysterious story happened to Vitaly Sergeevich Yurchenko, an employee of foreign counterintelligence, being in 1985 in Italy, he established contact with CIA agents in Rome. Was shipped to the United States. He informed the secret data about the new technical devices of the Soviet intelligence, handed over the names of 12 KGB agents in Europe. After that, unexpectedly in the same year, he managed to escape from the Americans and turned up at the USSR Embassy in Washington. Yurchenko pointed out that he was kidnapped in Rome, and in the United States, under the influence of psychotropic drugs, information was pumped out of him. In the USSR, they were very surprised, but nevertheless they transported Yurchenko to Moscow. At home, he was awarded the honorary sign "Honorary KGB". In 1991, Yurchenko was solemnly retired. It is not excluded that Vitaly Yurchenko was a double agent and played a decisive role in covering the most valuable source of the KGB in the CIA, Eldridge Ames. And perhaps for the sake of saving and preserving Ames, the KGB sacrificed ten of its agents in Europe.
In 1992, Vyacheslav Maksimovich Baranov, a GRU lieutenant colonel, was arrested. In 1985, he was seconded to work in Bangladesh. In 1989, Baranov was recruited by the CIA. He accepted the tempting recruiting offer of the Americans, subject to paying him a one-time reward of 25 thousand dollars, as well as 2 thousand dollars monthly. Baranov received the operational pseudonym "Tony". He told the CIA agents about the composition and structure of the GRU, as well as about the residents of the GRU and PSU in Bangladesh. Later he returned to Moscow and in the period from 1990, he supplied the Americans with information on bacteriological preparations that are available to the GRU. While trying to escape in 1992, he was arrested and convicted. Considering that Baranov went on close cooperation with the investigation, he was condemned only for 6 years. Released until the end of the term in 1999.
But this is a story, but what about today?
The Moscow District Military Court is continuing the trial of a desertion and high treason against Colonel Alexander Poteev, the former deputy head of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Russia, who passed almost the entire Russian intelligence network to the US intelligence agencies. As a result of his betrayal, ten Russian illegal immigrants were expelled from the United States in the summer of 2010, including Anna Chapman (the “sex spy”). The trial takes place in a completely closed mode. Not only journalists are not allowed to attend the meetings, but even the names of the judges, prosecutors, and lawyers who take part in the hearings are even classified. But this high-profile case has other extremely interesting intrigues.
The first and probably the most intriguing in this story is whose intelligence officer Alexander Poteev?
The information that appears in the media in connection with the process suggests: and whose scout was Alexander Poteev - Russian or nonetheless American? According to some data that became known, he is today under 60 years, of which he spent almost three dozen in the special services. The first visit abroad took place at the end of the distant 70-ies of the twentieth century - as a member of the special group of the KGB of the USSR "Zenit" on the territory of Afghanistan. Subsequently, as an operational officer of the First Main Directorate of the KGB, Alexander Poteev acted in various countries of the world under the cover of a diplomatic worker. In Moscow, he returned to the 2000 year and in a short time was able to reach the deputy head of the "American" control department "S" of the SVR of Russia, who is responsible for the work of illegal immigrants abroad.
Apparently, even then Colonel Poteev, together with his wife and children, decided to move to the United States, and to implement this plan, the head of the family had to agree to cooperate with the US special services. By handing over illegal intelligence agents supervised by him, according to some experts, a Russian officer earned himself an official political emigrant status and, naturally, money for a future cloudless and prosperous life.
The implementation of the Escape plan began in life in 2002. First of all, it was necessary to send a family abroad. And in the 2002 year, almost immediately after graduation, his daughter left for the United States, signing a working contract with one of the consulting firms. Two years later, the wife of a scout, a housewife, moved to America. His son, who worked at Rosoboronexport in 2010, fled to the US, like the rest of the family, but what’s most mysterious about this story is the fact that the NER leadership did not show any reaction to the obvious escape of one of the its high-ranking officials. The colonel, as before, had access to secret materials, and even his escape was extremely easy and calm. In the early summer of 2010, he took an official leave and went to the USA to visit his relatives. As it turned out later, it was a one-way trip, since Alexander Poteev did not plan to go back to Russia.
A few days after the escape of Colonel Poteev, President Obama publicly announced the arrest of ten illegal immigrants from Russia, whose names had been reported by former intelligence officers in different years. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who for a long time was passing through a special service in the KGB and the FSB, immediately and competently and eloquently stated that "a werewolf intelligence officer is waiting for retribution." And it is precisely in this moment that the main intrigue of the beginning process appears.
So what did Vladimir Putin talk about?
What kind of reckoning awaits the traitor Poteev, if the trial of the former intelligence officer is conducted in absentia: he is now a US citizen, lives under a strange name and is not going to move to his homeland under any circumstances. In theory, for special services, this circumstance does not play a special role, and cannot be an obstacle. The history knows quite a few examples when the in absentia sentences were carried out necessarily.
The first and most famous such incident occurred in the 1925 year in the USSR. Vladimir Nesterovich (Yaroslavsky), a Soviet resident in Austria, decided to break with the GRU and moved to Germany. There he got in touch with representatives of the British intelligence. For this crime, he was sentenced in absentia in the USSR to the death penalty - the death penalty. In August, 1925 was poisoned in one of the cafes in the German city of Mainz Nesterovich (Yaroslavsky).
One of the most experienced Soviet intelligence officers, Poretsky, Ignatiy Stanislavovich (Ludwig, Natan Markovich Reiss) in 1937 decided to sever relations with the Soviet Union. This became known in the Kremlin. It is not known whether the correspondence process was conducted over a werewolf intelligence officer, but the elimination task force arrived in Paris, where Poretsky was at that time. At first, one of his wife’s friends, Gertrude Schildbach, tried to poison him, but close friendly feelings arose in the way of bringing her plan into life, through which the woman could not step over. The Poretskys' family was shot at point-blank in Switzerland by members of the liquidation task force.
Lieutenant Colonel Reyno Heyhanen (“Vik”) was an employee of the illegal residency of foreign intelligence of the USSR and from the 1951 year he worked in neighboring Finland, and later in the USA. I squandered 5 thousand dollars and during the next working visit to France surrendered to representatives of the local American embassy. As information, his new owners provided information about one of the most famous agents of the USSR Abela (Fisher). In 1964, the traitor died under mysterious circumstances: apparently, the special group of the liquidators set up a car accident for him.
In January, 2001, it became known that the Russian intelligence officer Sergei Tretyakov, who had worked for some time under diplomatic cover, had surrendered to the American special services. Tretyakov gave secrets of cooperation between Russia and Iran in the nuclear field, to which he had unrestricted access. Together with Sergey Tretyakov, his wife and children moved to the USA. In 2003, the 53-year-old scout suddenly died of a heart attack. According to some experts, the death was the result of a perfectly prepared werewolf eradication operation.
What awaits Alexander Poteeva
In today's Russia, betrayal and desertion is becoming less and less punishable (we can recall the story of General Kalugin, who, despite the verdict, quietly lives in Switzerland). If 15 years ago, the death penalty was threatened for this crime, now there are terms that are often comparable to the punishment for ordinary theft.
One such example is the court and the sentence of 20 of April 1998 of the year, GRU officer Lieutenant Colonel Vladimir Tkachenko, who was sentenced to three years in prison. He was part of a group of GRU officers who sold more than 200 secret documents to the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad. Somewhat earlier, Lieutenant-Colonel Gennady Sporyshev was convicted, who also belonged to the group of traitors, but his sentence was even more loyal - two years probation. The most absurd in this case is that the main organizer of trade in secrets, Colonel of the GRU, retired Alexander Volkov, at whose house the KGB seized $ 345 thousand, generally went to court only as a witness.
Judging by today's court practice, despite the consequences of the crime committed by Poteev, which are so difficult for Russian intelligence, the maximum that he faces is a small prison sentence, and that is purely formal. No matter how much the judge sentenced in absentia to a criminal, it’s still impossible to execute, since the werewolf intelligence officer and all his family members are in the US and live under other names and surnames, receiving new documents, housing, financial assistance as part of witness protection. Obviously, Russia will not even try to raise the requirement of his extradition, and even more so to carry out any special operations against Alexander Poteev.
During the TV program “Conversation with Vladimir Putin” live, the prime minister assured the Russians that the domestic special services had abandoned the previously accepted practice of physically eliminating the scouts of werewolves: “In Soviet times there were special units. In essence, they were combat special units, but they were engaged and the physical elimination of traitors. But these special forces themselves were liquidated long ago. " Further in the conversation, Putin suggested that the traitors would self-liquidate with time: "As for the traitors of the Motherland, they will be bent ... Pigs! Whatever 30 pieces of silver will give them, they will eventually get a stake in my throat."
Based on the above, we can conclude that Poteev can live in peace if, of course, he does not implement self-punishment, which all Russian authorities in the person of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin want him to do.