How the soviets survived thanks to deception

How to give the newly formed Bolshevik state a breathing period in order to stabilize the internal situation? One can launch a global disinformation campaign to mislead other governments and media corporations. One can also skillfully use deception. Deception differs from disinformation in the scale of information influence – the recipient is carefully selected, it’s not about the masses: just a circle of highly placed agents of influence, ‘useful idiots’, scientists, people of culture, individual media representatives, emerging people of power. The Soviets slowly mastered the information systems of other countries, which slowly began to adopt the point of view of the initiators of the great deception.

Marek Swierczek proves that the famous operation Trust was only one of many actions successfully deceiving democratic countries. In 1928-1933 the Soviet services fired, among others, the Lockhart Conspiracy, “Sindikat” 1, 2 and 4, operations “Krot”, “D-7”, “Zamorskoye”, the gigantic montage “Tarantella” and “Maki-Miraz”.

The creators of Bolshevik special operations drew fully on the achievements of the tsarist services, but neither the Third Department nor the imperial Ochrana ever achieved even in the slightest degree the momentum and effectiveness of the Soviet services. This book is about this effectiveness and momentum, about uninterrupted continuity, which we are still experiencing today.

Format:Softcover 156 x 225