Aquarium: The Career and Defection of a Soviet Military

Aquarium: The Career and Defection of a Soviet Military
    IGNOU books 2019 In Hindi Online PDF Free s job once he is in the field to gather information in any way he can No source of information is too small or too banal Agents of the GRU are said to have attended every exhibition on the planet in the last fifty years from exhibits of military electronics and tanks to cats and flowers, with one of their most successful missions carried out at an exhibition of Chinese goldfish Above all else, loyalty to the GRU is stressed Agents are to trust no one and to be prepared to take even the life of a best friend for an act against the GRU Gradually, Suvorov became disillusioned with the GRU, and it was when he was forced to betray one of his best friends that he made up his mind to defect."/>
  • Paperback
  • 416 pages
  • Aquarium: The Career and Defection of a Soviet Military Spy
  • Viktor Suvorov
  • English
  • 06 January 2019
  • 0586068791

Aquarium: The Career and Defection of a Soviet Military Spy➸ [Read] ➳ Aquarium: The Career and Defection of a Soviet Military Spy By Viktor Suvorov ➽ – Essayreview.co.uk Viktor Suvorov takes us inside the Aquarium, Moscow headquarters of the GRU, the super secret Russian military intelligence organization and rival of the KGB It is here that agents are brought to be t Viktor Suvorov takes Career and Kindle Ï us inside the Aquarium, Moscow headquarters of the GRU, the super secret Russian military intelligence organization and rival of the KGB It is here that agents are brought to be trained, disciplined, and when necessary, brokenIn shocking fashion, Suvorov recounts the first day of training when he is forced to watch a film that shows a disaffected GRU agent being burned alive This is how Aquarium: The ePUB Ì the GRU reveals to its trainees that there is only one way out of the organization death Other GRU methods are as physically torturous as the viewing of that film is terrifying electric shocks used to punish a failure of memory being pushed off a speeding train hand to hand combat with death row prisoners recruited for their viciousness All are employed in the training of a top agentIt The Career and PDF/EPUB À is the agent s job once he is in the field to gather information in any way he can No source of information is too small or too banal Agents of the GRU are said to have attended every exhibition on the planet in the last fifty years from exhibits of military electronics and tanks to cats and flowers, with one of their most successful missions carried out at an exhibition of Chinese goldfish Above all else, loyalty to the GRU is stressed Agents are to trust no one and to be prepared to take even the life of a best friend for an act against the GRU Gradually, Suvorov became disillusioned with the GRU, and it was when he was forced to betray one of his best friends that he made up his mind to defect.


About the Author: Viktor Suvorov

Former Soviet Union Career and Kindle Ï army officer fled in to England Where he worked as a teacher and a adviser for news agencies Author of a number of bestsellers about the history of the World War II, the Soviet Army special operations troops and military intelligence, and the Red ArmyHe is one of the historians who believes that Hitler started the war against Russia to prevent Stalin attacking Germany Aquarium: The ePUB Ì firstSee also and Wiktor Suworow.


10 thoughts on “Aquarium: The Career and Defection of a Soviet Military Spy

  1. says:

    This was a profoundly disturbing book Suvorov traces his career from his assignment as a lieutenant commanding a company of tanks in the Soviet 13th Army, through being promoted into military intelligence, then being picked for the Spetsnaz, and finally winding up as a GRU spy in the Soviet embassy in Vienna Along the way he gives us an unparalleled vista of the bankruptcy of the Soviet system.The view he gives of the GRU is instructive It was a military intelligence organization that demande This was a profoundly disturbing book Suvorov traces his career from his assignment as a lieutenant commanding a company of tanks in the Soviet 13th Army, through being promoted into military intelligence, then being picked for the Spetsnaz, and finally winding up as a GRU spy in the Soviet embassy in Vienna Along the way he gives us an unparalleled vista of the bankruptcy of the Soviet system.The view he gives of the GRU is instructive It was a military intelligence organization that demanded the absolute loyalty and total domination of its secretive minions The metaphor that most fits is that of selling one s soul to the devil for your thirty minutes of power and privilege Suvorov openly admits that he loved the power and privilege he had as a member of the Nomenklatura, of which he was a part by virtue of his association with the GRU The acquisition and exercise of power were the factors that motivated him, by his own testimony.In the GRU, every one was being watched and everyone was watching someone else The lives of the agents were dominated by fear of failure, fear of mistakes, and fear of exposure but not exposure to the other side so much as exposure to the GRU itself.Perhaps the most telling example the author provides is of an assignment he was given by a GRU superior to drop a package containing a bible into a fellow GRU agent s apartment mailbox, an agent known to be Suvorov s friend The agent was being tested His only possible correct response was to immediately report that he d received a bible in the mail I can not imagine living under such petty reporting requirements If he failed to make the report he would be accused of having an interest in religion subversive indeed and would be evacuated from Vienna to the Aquarium, GRU headquarters at Khodinka airfield in Moscow, where he would be executed While Suvorov was delivering the package he was tempted to warn his friend to make the report He decided against doing so, realizing that he himself was known to be the man s friend and was himself also under surveillance As he made the drop, it dawned on Suvorov that this was as much a test for him as it was for his friend Would he be loyal to the GRU, even though he would be condemning his friend to death, or would his friendship win out Suvorov survived his friend failed to make the requisite report, and was condemned.It was a group which devoured its own In such an organization, you quickly learned to trust no one, and to subvert all loves and loyalties to the overriding demands of the GRU True friendship was impossible it could get you killed It was a soulless system, officially and aggressively atheistic, with no moral good other than the good of the State itself, as defined by the corrupt individuals who had happened to claw their way to the top of the mountain of bodies at the moment I serve the Soviet Unionwas the obligatory response to any praise or commendation.I read the book as part of my research for my novel, Falcon Down , in which the GRU plays a significant part It was a valuable exercise, and I gained much useful information Aquarium is an interesting read, though you want to wash your hands when you put the book down.One thing the book left me with was a renewed understanding of what the closed Soviet society became, especially for the upper class The brutality of the Soviet system, combined with an official atheism able to offer no moral constraints, no meaning, and no hopes beyond the personal acquisition of power and privilege, nearly ruined a beautiful country and a vibrant people Suvorov s Soviet Union became a real life Lord of the Flies experience One can only hope that some day Russia will come into its own as a prosperous, free, and happy country

  2. says:

    Spoiler alert I am discussing the ending of the book

  3. says:

    Growing up in post USSR Russian, this book stroke a cord that stayed with me throughout the years I read it in original and have a copy that I dearly cherish I love this book thrilling, honest and raw at times It is a memoir of a Russian spy who takes us down his memory lane and shares the mystery behind the GRU curtain and the price he paid for being a spy If you are intrigued by the mystery that is so prevalent in the western world around Russian spies, you will enjoy this book The autho Growing up in post USSR Russian, this book stroke a cord that stayed with me throughout the years I read it in original and have a copy that I dearly cherish I love this book thrilling, honest and raw at times It is a memoir of a Russian spy who takes us down his memory lane and shares the mystery behind the GRU curtain and the price he paid for being a spy If you are intrigued by the mystery that is so prevalent in the western world around Russian spies, you will enjoy this book The author now lives in exile in the UK

  4. says:

    The first part of the book which opens to the reader some great secrets of soviet special forces and intelligence agencies is really fascinating The second one focuses on some psychological aspects of being a spy and definitely does not bring so much interesting details Let s also be honest, Suvorov as a writer is rather an average one and portreting inner life of his characters is a bit boring.

  5. says:

    A thoroughly haunting and vivid collection of insights into the GRU Mr Suvorov is a master of quietly inviting the reader to taste the mentality of what it takes to survive in such a vicious environment This is not a light read, as it starts with delightful descriptions of what happens to traitors and never lets up.

  6. says:

    A must read for any student of recent history Brilliant.

  7. says:

    Induction into the GRU, the elite Soviet military intelligence agency, begins with a film strip of a traitorous agent being burned alive They know how to hook someone s attention, and so does Suvorov, as he describes his journey from armor officer, to Spetsnaz operative, to GRU agent.The earlier parts of the book, as tanker and special forces soldier, carry with them a lot of joy As Suvorov enters The Aquarium, the story becomes muchbleak, in the vein of a Red John Le Carre GRU agents, Induction into the GRU, the elite Soviet military intelligence agency, begins with a film strip of a traitorous agent being burned alive They know how to hook someone s attention, and so does Suvorov, as he describes his journey from armor officer, to Spetsnaz operative, to GRU agent.The earlier parts of the book, as tanker and special forces soldier, carry with them a lot of joy As Suvorov enters The Aquarium, the story becomes muchbleak, in the vein of a Red John Le Carre GRU agents, even if there are the elite of the elite, are divided into Vikings who run foreign agents, gathering intelligence and the accolades, and Borzois, who do the necessary leg work of arranging cars, checking dead drops, and smuggling items and people across borders The life of a spy is one of constants tests of loyalty to the Soviet Union, and betrayals of friends and countrymen of less than impeccable secrecy Suvorov defects because he fails to become a Viking, because the ladder of prestige he was climbing for his entire career runs out, and because he couldn t face failure back home Better to face an uncertain future in the West than the crematorium.It seems that Suvorov shaded some personal details, for example he defected with an unmentioned wife and child, but this is a stark and stunning depiction of the paranoia that spies live under, and the balance of terror of the Soviet system, with hidden knives pointing from the Party to the KGB to the GRU One of my favorite moments was Suvorov realizing the revolution is always served by criminals and incompetents, who s treason is revealed the moment they re dead Lenin, Stalin, Khrushchev, and their lackeys, all were traitors to the impossible ideal of absolute power

  8. says:

    It could get very dry at parts especially in the beginning when he started talking about the Tank battalions, and later on when he described in painstaking detail the Spetsnaz outfit each part of the kit was also described and it s purpose noted.However, it really did open my eyes to the sheer cruelty of the Red Army, the GRU, and the Soviet State.

  9. says:

    Interesting details about the organization of elite Russian army forces Specnaz and GRU Well written although gaps in the timeline are often confusing.

  10. says:

    Quite a disappointment The author has a very specific writing style he adds tons of unnecessary information to his storytelling, often completely derailing the point or making his narration pompous and fake I expected insight into Soviet Military Intelligence GRU , but half of the book is about author s military career before GRU and quarter is full of nonsense stories which do not add any value Only remaining quarter of the book is really about GRU, spy work, intelligence etc That part i Quite a disappointment The author has a very specific writing style he adds tons of unnecessary information to his storytelling, often completely derailing the point or making his narration pompous and fake I expected insight into Soviet Military Intelligence GRU , but half of the book is about author s military career before GRU and quarter is full of nonsense stories which do not add any value Only remaining quarter of the book is really about GRU, spy work, intelligence etc That part is quite good of course if author does not divagate about birds or other nonsense and is probably the only reason I gave the second star to the review It creates quite gruesome picture of Soviet Intelligence, which makes you wonder how such organization could achieve any successes in such hostile and paranoid environment Even the reasons for author s defection to the west are silly, which adds up to general absurdity of this story There are better spy book bibles than this Try Nazywam si Zacharski Marian Zacharski Wbrew regu om. That was real page turner

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