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INSIDE KGB DIRECTORATE S: THE ILLEGALS Espionage History Archive Search PRIMARY MENU SKIP TO CONTENT TRANSLATIONS MAY 15, 2015   MARK HACKARD 2 COMMENTS Directorate S, also known as the  Illegals Directorate , was the elite of the KGB’s First Chief Directorate (Foreign Intelligence). Journalist Konstantin Kapitonov was able to interview one of its chiefs, Lt. Gen. Vadim Alekseevich Kirpichenko (1922-2005) about his time at the head of the Illegals Directorate during the 1970s. In March of 1974 Kirpichenko was called to Moscow to report to KGB Chairman Yuri Andropov. With discretion Andropov asked about what was happening in Egypt and how Soviet-Egyptian relations would unfold. The briefing took place in the Kuntsevo Hospital, in the very same room where Andropov spent no minor part of his life, and to where Kirpichenko subsequently often had to go for the resolution of ongoing service matters. Two days later Andropov again

Yuri Drozdov: The man who turned Soviet spies into Americans

By Kevin PonniahBBC News 23 June 2017  From the section Europe These are external links and will open in a new window Share Image copyrightSVRImage captionYuri Drozdov had a legendary reputation in Soviet and Russian intelligence circles Yuri Drozdov once said it could take up to seven years to train an "illegal", the Soviet spies planted abroad under false or assumed identities, sometimes for decades. As former chief of the KGB intelligence agency's Directorate S, which managed the illegals programme, Drozdov knew more than most about what it took to prepare someone for the task. He had to train Soviet agents to talk, think and act, even subconsciously, like the regular American, Brit, German or Frenchman they would become from the moment they touched down on foreign soil. KGB agents in the US and elsewhere would wander around cemeteries in search of children who had died that would have been a similar age as recruits being trained. It was a useful way to steal

Trump administration abruptly shutters diplomatic office on Pakistan and Afghanistan policy Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the White House on April 20. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) By  Anne Gearan  and  Carol Morello  June 23 at 5:33 PM The Trump administration has moved to close the stand-alone State Department office devoted to policy on Afghanistan and Pakistan that was the brainchild of  diplomat Richard C. Holbrooke , current and former State Department officials said. The Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan office will be absorbed into the larger State Department division responsible for South and Central Asia, the officials said. The decision was announced to some office staff Thursday evening and took effect Friday, according to the officials, some of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a decis

Will roll out the red carpet for Modi’s US visit, says White House Varghese K. George WASHINGTON, JUNE 24, 2017 07:44 IST UPDATED: JUNE 24, 2017 11:27 IST MORE-IN Prime Minister Narendra Modi Trump and Narendra Modi to spend five hours together; new areas of anti-terrorism cooperation to be announced during the visit. The White House will “roll out the red carpet” for  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday , a senior administration official said on Friday, making it clear that the Donald Trump administration will carry forward the agenda set by the previous Obama administration for U.S.-India relations. Both leaders will spend nearly five hours on Monday, starting with a one-on-one meeting at 3.30 pm, followed by a delegation level meeting, a cocktail reception and a working dinner, the official said, briefing on background. Mr. Modi will be the first foreign dignitary to be hosted by Mr. Trump for a

In Narendra Modi, Donald Trump has a leader he can truly work with: Experts By PTI | Jun 24, 2017, 01.55 PM IST " If approved, India will become the first non-NATO country permitted to purchase the high-tech drones." NEW DELHI: Prime Minister  Narendra Modi  is a leader, US President  Donald Trump  can truly work with and the two should communicate in their first meeting the desire to advance bilateral relations while addressing concerns over H1B work visas, experts here have said.  "The visit of Prime Minister Modi couldn't come at a more opportune time. President Trump badly needs both an opportunity to bolster his presidency and a clear achievement to add to his win column. In India, Trump has a natural partner, and in Modi, he has a leader he can truly work with," Asia Society Policy Institute Assistant Director Anubhav Gupta said on the eve of Modi's visit to the US for his f

Israel And the End of the Two-state Solution

Courtesy of Nina A. J. G./Flickr.  (CC BY-ND 2.0) This article was  originally published  by the  Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI)  on 10 June 2017. Donald Trump entered the White House promising to be ‘the most pro-Israel president ever’. This hyperbolic bombast gratified what is certainly the most right-wing Israeli government ever, which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Israel’s crushing victory over Arab armies in 1967, and half a century of occupation of the West Bank and Arab east Jerusalem it has no plans to end. President Trump, the self-described dealmaker, keeps hinting and tweeting he is on course to do ‘the ultimate deal’ that has eluded his predecessors: never spelt out but assumed to mean an Arab-Israeli peace encompassing a deal for the Palestinians, who have sought in vain the state proffered tantalisingly by the Oslo accords of 1993-95. This most erratic of US presidents, meeting Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, in February, threw the

Economic Sanctions: Sharpening a Vital Foreign Policy Tool

23 Jun 2017 By John Forrer for Atlantic Council Why do economic sanctions remain a popular foreign policy tool even though analysts question their ability to create ‘sustained impacts’? According to Jack Forrer, such restrictions are scalable and easily explained; you can design and implement them quickly; and they often yield immediate and tangible results. But what’s really valuable about sanctions, Forrer concludes, is their potential dynamism and versatility, which are well suited for the fluidity of a globalized world. This article was  originally published  by the  Atlantic Council  on 14 June 2017. Under the leadership of Andrea Montanino, director of the Atlantic Council’s Global Business & Economics Program, and Ambassador Daniel Fried, distinguished fellow at the Atlantic Council and former coordinator for sanctions policy at the US State Department, the Economic Sanctions Initiative is building a platform for dialogue between the public and the private sector to in

Book Release "The Emergency" by Dr.Subramanyan Swamy

Dr Swamy concluding remarks at the Book Release on The Emergency at Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat