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Smersh, Stalin’s Secret Weapon Published in Russian

In January of this year, after five months of receiving no answer about the publication date of the Russian translation of my book “SMERSH, Stalin’s Secret Weapon”, Director of the Russian State Archive of Social and Political History (RGASPI), Andrei Sorokin, decided to forbid the Political Encyclopedia (ROSSPEN) publishing house in Moscow from publishing it. The book was to be published in the ROSSPEN series “History of Stalinism” and the editing and galleys were complete. Mr. Sorokin provided no explanation to the publishing house or me as the author for the ban.

This is the second time this has happened to me. In 1985, the KGB seized my genetics manuscript from the Publishing House of Moscow State University, and this book has never been published. After this the KGB tried to prevent the publication of my second scientific book, but it was published and I defended it as my Doctorate Thesis.

In the 1980s, the seizure of my manuscript was a KGB punishment for my membership in “Amnesty International.” Now, I can only guess that this recent ban is a punishment for my participation in the legal process of Raoul Wallenberg’s niece, Mrs. Marie von Dardel, against the FSB Central Archive, that does not want to release uncensored documents in connection with Wallenberg’s fate (I am a historical advisor to Mme. von Dardel).

But this time everything turned out well, and the Russian version of “SMERSH” was published by the publishing house AIRO-XXI (Moscow):

Vadim Birstein. SMERSH, Stalin’s Secret Weapon, translation from the updated English version by S.S. Gitman. Afterword by B.V. Sokolov. Moscow: AIRO-XXI, 2018 (in Russian).

The book can be purchased from Esterum Books, an excellent source for books in Russian.

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