Farewell : the greatest spy story of the twentieth century by Kostin, Sergei; Vetrov, Vladimir I.; Cauvin-Higgins,

By Kostin, Sergei; Vetrov, Vladimir I.; Cauvin-Higgins, Catherine; Allen, Richard V.; Raynaud, Éric

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 aid, despite the fact that, is instantly defused whilst he provides Reagan the Farewell file, a dossier he may later name “one of the best undercover agent circumstances of the 20 th century.”

Vladimir Ippolitovitch Vetrov, a promising technical pupil, joins the KGB to paintings as a secret agent. Following a number of murky incidents, despite the fact that, Vetrov is faraway from the sphere and put at a table as an analyst. quickly, confused by means of a marriage and pissed off at a flailing profession, Vetrov turns to alcohol. determined and desiring redemption, he deals his companies to the DST. hence Agent Farewell is born. He makes use of his submit in the KGB to thieve and photocopy documents of the USSR’s plans for the West—all less than Brezhnev’s nostril.

Probing extra into Vetrov’s mental profile than ever prior to, Kostin and Raynaud supply groundbreaking perception into the fellow whose existence helped hasten the autumn of the Communist Soviet Regime

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She is too young,” pleaded Pavel Barashkov. “Why such a hurry? ” Svetlana refused to obey her father. “At least test your feelings for one another, wait a year or two. ” The more the father insisted, the more the daughter resisted, just to contradict him at first, but also because getting married would free her from her father’s authority, which was a bit too strict for her taste. The formal meeting failed to yield any results. Svetlana with her father. Pavel Barashkov opposed her marriage with Vetrov, but he resigned himself to it several months after they got married.

The happy couple in their first home. No more sleeping on boards resting on four chairs to set up every evening in the room they shared with Vetrov’s parents! 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.

Weiss, one of the most respected among Reagan’s national security advisers, who knew the Farewell file very well, was probably the best man to express this murky feeling. ”1 Our ambition was, therefore, to try to reconstruct, as fully and truly as possible, this epic story mixing big politics and small existential disappointments, espionage and ideology, courage and villainy, love and hatred, calculations and madness, crime and punishment. Sergei Kostin and Eric Raynaud Moscow – Paris, January 2011 CHAPTER 1 Proletarian Beginnings To get close to the truth, Farewell’s personality and inner motivations matter as much as the suspenseful, sensational side of this espionage story.

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