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Author Plokhy, Serhii, 1957- author.

Title The man with the poison gun : a Cold War spy story / Serhii Plokhy.

Publication Info. New York : Basic Books, [2016]


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 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    327.1247 PLO    DUE 09-27-20
 PAS Linda Vista Branch Non-Fiction    327.1247 PLO    Available
Description xiii, 367 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 329-354) and index.
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.
Subject Stashyns╩╣ky, Bohdan, 1931-
Spies -- Soviet Union -- Biography.
Bandera, Stepan, 1909-1959 -- Assassination.
Rebet, Lev, 1912-1957 -- Assassination.
Espionage, Soviet -- Germany -- History.
Political refugees -- Germany (West) -- Biography.
Ukrainians -- Germany -- Biography.
Poisoning -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Political crimes and offenses -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Ukraine -- Politics and government -- 1945-1991.
ISBN 9780465035908 (hardcover)
0465035906 (hardcover)

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