Gathering information, exerting influence

Sabine Dullin

in Men of Influence

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780748622191
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651290 | DOI:
Gathering information, exerting influence

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The Soviet Union had a whole apparatus for gathering information and bringing its influence to bear. Three information services worked on Moscow's behalf, each in its own sphere: the foreign section of OGPU, the Comintern's department of International links, and the counter-espionage services of the Red Army. The archives of the ex-KGB are still closed to researchers. Soviet diplomats also had difficulties becoming integrated. They did not have easy access to information, unlike British, German and French diplomats, who moved in a series of networks where they met political figures, friends or socialites. They lived in societies where hostility towards communism and the Soviet Union was very apparent and where friends of the Soviet Union were few in number. The fact that embassies sought to develop networks of informers and to manipulate public opinion did not however predetermine the success of their undertaking.

Keywords: OGPU; Red Army; Soviet diplomats; Soviet Union; Moscow

Chapter.  21012 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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