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The man with the poison gun : a Cold War spy story, Serhii Plokhy

Label
The man with the poison gun : a Cold War spy story
Title
The man with the poison gun
Title remainder
a Cold War spy story
Statement of responsibility
Serhii Plokhy
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In the fall of 1961, a KGB agent defected to West Germany. The slim 30-year-old man in police custody had papers in the name of an East German, Josef Lehmann, but claimed that his real name was Bogdan Stashinsky, and he was a citizen of the Soviet Union. On the orders of his KGB bosses, he had traveled on numerous occasions to Munich, where he singlehandedly tracked down and killed two enemies of the communist regime. He used a new, specially designed secret weapon--a spray pistol delivering liquid poison that, if fired into the victim's face, killed him without leaving any trace. Wracked by a guilty conscience, Stashinsky escaped with his wife under the tragic cover of their infant son's funeral, and crossed into West Berlin just hours before the Berlin Wall was erected. In 1962, after spilling his secrets to the CIA, Stashinky was put on trial in what would be the most publicized assassination case in Cold War history. Stashinsky's testimony, implicating the Kremlin rulers in political assassinations carried out abroad, shook the world of international politics. The publicity stirred up by the Stashinsky case forced the KGB to change its modus operandi abroad and helped end the career of one of the most ambitious and dangerous Soviet leaders, the former head of the KGB and Leonid Brezhnev's rival, Aleksandr Shelepin. In West Germany, the Stashinsky trial changed the way in which Nazi criminals were prosecuted. Using the Stashinsky case as a precedent, many defendants in such cases claimed, as had the Soviet spy, that they were simply accessories to murder, while their superiors, who ordered the killings, were the main perpetrators."--Provided by publisher
Summary
A biography of KGB assassin Bogdan Stashinsky who ultimately defected to West Germany.
Writing style
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10544441
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 327.1247043092
  • 920
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a Cold War spy story
Label
The man with the poison gun : a Cold War spy story, Serhii Plokhy
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 329-354) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
945232319
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xiii, 367 pages
Isbn
9780465035908
Lccn
2016019612
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)945232319
Label
The man with the poison gun : a Cold War spy story, Serhii Plokhy
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 329-354) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
945232319
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xiii, 367 pages
Isbn
9780465035908
Lccn
2016019612
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)945232319

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