By Sergei Kostin, Eric Raynaud
1981. Ronald Reagan and François Mitterrand are sworn in as presidents of the Unites States and France, respectively. the strain as a result of Mitterrand’s French Communist help, besides the fact that, is straight away defused while he provides Reagan the Farewell file, a dossier he may later name “one of the best undercover agent circumstances of the 20th century.” Vladimir Ippolitovitch Vetrov, a promising technical scholar, joins the KGB to paintings as a secret agent. Following a few murky incidents, notwithstanding, Vetrov is faraway from the sector and positioned at a table as an analyst. quickly, harassed by way of a afflicted marriage and pissed off at a flailing occupation, Vetrov turns to alcohol. determined and desiring redemption, he bargains his prone to the DST. hence Agent Farewell is born. He makes use of his submit in the KGB to scouse borrow and photocopy records of the USSR’s plans for the West—all below Brezhnev’s nostril. Probing additional into Vetrov’s mental profile than ever ahead of, Kostin and Raynaud offer groundbreaking perception into the fellow whose lifestyles helped hasten the autumn of the Communist Soviet Regime.
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This was their first home, just for the two of them, and they decorated it with love. The room was spacious and light. Volodia and Svetlana bought fine furniture made from red birch, a couch, and a beautiful Chinese rug with blue roses. Kutuzov Avenue. The massive building where the Vetrovs lived, located on a thoroughfare for government officials’ autocades. Prior to moving in, new occupants were investigated by the police. In this new place, they had only two neighbors, another big change from the caravanserai of Kirov Street.
World peace would have crumbled overnight had the president of the United States been matched by an equally stubborn and entrenched Kremlin leader, and the Soviet gerontocracy contained many such characters. Shaken, the communist regime under Yuri Andropov’s leadership kept trying to revamp its façade, but would not change a thing in substance. After Andropov’s death, the degradation of the international climate brought Mikhail Gorbachev to power. Being a flexible politician, Gorbachev eventually cooperated with the West to find a solution allowing the world to survive.
He protested happily. ” Ippolit Vasilevich worried because Svetlana did not have those full cheeks seen on the colorful nested wooden dolls called matrioshki. “Girl,” he used to say, looking at her with compassion, “why are you so skinny? ” And he would rush to the neighborhood grocery store to buy smoked sturgeon. Or he would order caviar from Saratov, shipped in one-liter glass jars, to feed her properly. In those days, everybody could afford those traditional food items. Outwardly, everything seemed to be for the better in Volodia’s life, except at work.