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How a Renegade ‘Middle Eastern Mafia’ Invented Modern Russian Espionage

How a Renegade ‘Middle Eastern Mafia’ Invented Modern Russian Espionage Andrei Soldatov It was a cold winter morning in Moscow in the late 2000s. At the southern end of the Slavyanskaya Square, in front of the giant windows of the six-story neoclassical edifice of the Presidential Administration, once home to the Central Committee of the Communist Party, stood a short stocky man in his early sixties, with a black mustache. Konstantin, twice—the second time from Israel. We’d gotten to know each other over several years: he’d send me his storiesRead More


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