SMERSH by Vadim J. Birstein
Stalin's Secret Weapon: Soviet Military Counterintelligence in WWII

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"Why is a book about SMERSH relevant today? As Mr. Birstein takes pains to point out, 'the present Russian government seems intent on whitewashing Stalin's atrocities and the history of the Soviet security services.'"—The Washington Times

SMERSH is primarily known to readers in English as James Bond's sinister opponent. Yet SMERSH was a real organization and was just as diabolical as its fictional counterpart. Based on Russian documents and memoirs, a critical missing piece of the history of World War II and the Soviet secret services is finally exposed to the light of day.

Vadim J. Birstein, PhD, is a historian, activist, and molecular geneticist. He lives in New York.


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Dr Vadim J. Birstein, a Russian-American who arrived in the United States in 1991, is a historian and molecular geneticist. Born in Moscow and educated at Moscow State University, he received his Doctor of Science in 1987. Until the end of 1998 he was a Senior Research Scientist at the Koltsov Institute of Developmental Biology, Russian Academy of Sciences. He is the author of over 150 scientific papers and three scientific books and is one of the world's greatest authorities on the endangered sturgeon. His well-received history The Perversion of Knowledge: The True Story of Soviet Science was published in 2001 by The Westview Press.
Published September 3, 2013 by Biteback Publishing. 528 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction

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To readers of Ian Fleming's wildly popular James Bond spy thrillers, SMERSH was an omnipotent - and murderous - arm of Soviet intelligence, part of the network later known as the KGB. Fleming introduced SMERSH in his inaugural work, "Casino Royale," published in 1953, and over the years credited ...

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In the mean time, I very highly recommend SMERSH to WW2DB visitors, for that it contained a trove of information from Russian-language archives, so much of it barely understood, or not known at all previously, by historians and history enthusiasts outside of the Soviet Union.

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