Nikita Petrov: The FSB does not know its own history Nikita Petrov, Soviet Secret Services historian and deputy head of the Human Rights Centre “Memorial”, has published the guide «Who headed the State Security Agencies 1941-1954». It contains information about the structure and personnel who staffed the state security agencies of the USSR from February 1941 to March 1954. Nikita Petrov told Andrei Soldatov about his book, and about how working in the state security archives has changed since 2000. /December 1, 2010/
Kolpakidi: No-one wants to publish a book about the secret services The historian and publisher, deputy director of the publishing house Yauza (Moscow), co-author of the book The GRU Empire, Alexander Kolpakidi told Marina Latysheva about secret service themed literature and how the secret services publishing houses now work. According to Kolpakidi, the market is not only in a bad way, it is all but dead, and some agencies even today forbid authors from publishing, and it looks quite preposterous. /September 6, 2010/
Return of «Comrade J» Sergei Tretyakov, an official of Russian Representative Office in UNO, whose second hat was working for Russian foreign intelligence service,disappeared in the USA with his wife, daughter and cat in October 2000. Interview with Tretyakov and Peter Earley, the author of "Comrade J", the book about Tretyakov published in 2008.
Yoram Schweitzer: on suicide terrorism. Yoram Schweitzer is a researcher at the "Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies" (JCSS) at Tel Aviv University. He is renowned expert in suicide terrorism, he has been conducting conversations with failed suicide bombers and senders. In November 2005 he published the report “Al-Qaida & the Globalization of Suicide Terrorism”. Mr. Schweitzer was interviewed by Andrei Soldatov.
"They exchange information on a daily basis". Erich Schmidt Eenboom is a well-known journalist and a recognized secret service expert for Europe, North America and the middle east. Also he is head of research institute for peace policy. He makes comments to Irina Borogan / Agentura.Ru/ on very specific attitudes between the Russian and German secret services which have developed during Putin's presidential board.
"Core Al Qaeda strength is under 500". Rohan Gunaratna is a the world’s foremost expert on Islamist terrorism. He is author of best-seller “Inside Al Qaeda”. D-r Gunaranta is currently at the Institute for Defense and Strategic Studies /IDSS/ where he is Director of the International Center for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence. He comments last changes in Al Qaeda tactics and structure.
"One war is enough in the Middle East". Michael Donovan is a research analyst at the Center for Defense Information with responsibility for Persian Gulf and Middle Eastern Affairs. Currently, Dr. Donovan is Project Leader for CDI’s Eye on Iraq. This interview was prepared for Agentura.Ru Studies and Research Centre / ASRC /.
Putin doesn’t aim to recreate the KGB. Henry Plater-Zyberk is a Senior Lecturer at the Conflict Studies Research Centre of the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. He has just published report named “Beslan – Lessons Learned?”. He comments Agentura changes in system of terrorism prevention in North Caucasus.
Edmond Pope: They were giving me poison. As soon as US failed secret agent returns home he becomes a part of the propaganda machine. He earns his living by writing books and giving lectures all over the country. It looks more like a triumph and encourages those who are going to follow him. Read the interview with Edmond Pope.
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