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William Collins | 2018 | Svetlana Lokhova
The Spy Who Changed History
The Untold Story of How the Soviet Union Won the Race for
America's Top Secrets
Title Page [pdf-2]
1 ‘Son of the Working People’
2 ‘We Catch Up or They Will Crush Us’
3 ‘What the Country Needs is a Real Big
4 ‘Agent 001’ [pdf-51]
5 ‘A Nice Fellow to Talk To’
6 ‘Is This Really My Motherland?’
7 ‘Questionable from Conception’
8 ‘The Wily Armenian’
9 Whistle Stop Inspections
10 Glory to Stalin’s Falcons
11 Back in the USSR
12 Project ‘AIR’
13 ENORMOZ [pdf-166]
Mission Accomplished [pdf-180]
Appendix I: Biography of Stanislav Shumovsky
Appendix II: NKVD and FBI Reports on
About the Author
About the Publisher
Book Review by Will Zuzak:
(1) Surprisingly, I had never heard of Stanislav Shumovsky before coming across this book.
A frustrating aspect of the book is that very often Svetlana
Lokhova just generalizes the time and location of various events that
she describes rather than pinpointing the exact time
(year:month:day:hour::minute:second -- as applicable) and location
(Edmonton, Husky station, corner of 97 Ave. and 182 St., T5T 3T9).
- Without such designation the book becomes more of a "gossip" medium, rather than a serious academic/historical/legal document.
- She also usually refers to the main characters by their first name, which is often confusing.
The Ctrl-F search function for "Ukrain" yields only 8 hits distributed
in various chapters -- Ch. 1 (3), Ch. 6 (3), Ch. 7 (1), Ch.10 (1).
pdf-25 --Despite the
danger and vast distance involved, Shumovsky’s mother Amalia overcame
her fear of war each summer after the family’s dramatic flight and went
back to Volyn (today in the far west of Ukraine)
to visit her father. He was still serving as an estate manager. ... In
1918 disaster struck when she failed to return to the family home by
the expected date. ... The letter came back, and written on the
envelope were the stark words: ‘not delivered owing to the death of the
- By his own account, he was already a gifted linguist, speaking Russian, Polish and Ukrainian
as well as French and German, although not English.... Shumovsky was
turning his back decisively on his Polish and aristocratic roots, a
fact clearly indicated when he changed his patronymic from the
Polish-sounding Adam to the Russian Anton. On volunteering for the Red
Army, indeed, Shumovsky concealed much about his privileged upbringing,
telling the recruiters he was the son of a Ukrainian peasant worker who
somehow spoke French and German.
(4) The Ctrl-F search function
for "Kharkov" yields 28 hits hits distributed in various chapters --
Ch. 1 (19), Ch. 4 (2), Ch.11 (1), Ch. 12 (2), Appendix I (1), Index (3).
- Ch.1 presents a very good sociological, educational and industrial background of Kharkiv.
-- Stanislav Shumovsky was born on 9 May 1902, the eldest of four sons
of Adam Vikentevich Shumovsky and his wife, Amalia Fominichna (nee
Kaminskaya). His parents were not ethnic Russians but Poles. The family
treasured their traditions, practising Catholicism and speaking Polish
(5) The Ctrl-F search function for "Jew" yields 34 hits distributed in various chapters -- Ch.1 (5), Ch. 5 (14), Ch.7 (7), Ch. 8 (1), Ch. 9 (1), Ch. 10 (1), Ch.11 (2), Ch 12 (1).
-- In a country devoid of hope, many gave up their dreams of change and
chose to emigrate in order to try their luck abroad, most often in
America. The first wave of Russian emigration saw two and a half
million former subjects of the Tsar settling in the United States
between 1891 and 1914. Many were economic migrants; others escaped
anti-Semitic measures inflicted on them by the government; others still
were frustrated firebrand revolutionaries. New York and other cities
quickly developed large and thriving socialist undergrounds, eventually
providing a refuge in the Bronx for Leon Trotsky before the 1917
Revolutions. Trotsky wrote for the radical Socialist Party’s Yiddish
newspaper Forverts (Forward), which had a daily circulation of 275,000.
Russian emigrants came to dominate areas such as Brighton Beach,
Brooklyn and Bergen County, New Jersey, keeping many of their ‘old
country’ traditions alive. It was in these exile communities dotted
around the US that many future spies found homes or were born. Arthur
Adams escaped Tsarist torture to become a founder member of the North
American Communist Party and later a successful Soviet Military
Intelligence spy. Like Gertrude Klivans and Raisa Bennett, Georgi
Koval’s parents emigrated to the US to escape anti-Jewish measures. The
families of Harry Gold, Ben Smilg and Ted Hall boarded boats to a new
life. Later Shumovsky would find a warm welcome in the Boston émigré
circle. Many maintained in secret their radical beliefs and links to
international socialist organisations despite their outward embrace of
all things American.
pdf-144 -- Unsurprisingly, a high proportion of the active agents of Soviet intelligence at this time in the US were of Jewish origin.
Ctrl-F searches for the last names (augmented with first names) for the
various individual spies yields a fascinating insight into how Soviet
spies infiltrated the United States -- often strarting out as graduatge
students at American Universities.
(7) Concluding comments: The
first chapter sets the stage of the sociological situation in the
Russian Tsarist Empire (including Kharkiv and Ukraine) before the
Bolsheviks took power. The early years of the Soviet Union are
described in the next few chapters. The last few chapters detail the
infiltration of Soviet agents into American society.
understanding of this process during the Soviet era should help us
understand the methods being utilized by the Putin regime to infiltrate
and destabilize North American and European societes as of 2018.