History of Soviet and Russian espionage in the United States

History Of Soviet And Russian Espionage In The United States

History of Soviet and Russian espionage in the United States

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Since the late 1920s, the Soviet Union, through its OGPU and NKVD intelligence services, used Russians and foreign-born nationals as well as Communist, and people of American origin to perform espionage activities in the United States.Haynes, John Earl, and Klehr, Harvey, Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America, Yale University Press (2000) ISBN 0-300-08462-5Weinstein, Allen, and Vassiliev, Alexander, The Haunted Wood: Soviet Espionage in America--the Stalin Era (New York: Random House, 1999)Retrieved Papers Shed Light On Communist Activities In U.S., Associated Press, January 31, 2001 These various espionage networks eventually succeeded in penetrating various U.S. government agencies, transmitting classified or confidential information to Moscow, while influencing U.S. government officials to support policies favorable to the Soviet Union.

First efforts

During the 1920s Soviet intelligence focused on military and industrial espionage in the United States, specifically in the aircraft and munitions industries, and penetrating the mainline federal government bureaucracies, such as the Department of State and War Department. These efforts had mixed results. A front organization was created by a NKVD agent in 1928 for the...
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