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Cold War Exiles and the CIA: Plotting to Free Russia

Benjamin Tromly


During the height of the Cold War in the 1950s, the United States government unleashed covert operations intended to weaken the Soviet Union. As part of these efforts, the CIA undertook support of Russian exiles, populations uprooted either during World War II or by the Russian Revolution decades before. No one seemed better prepared to fight in the American secret war against communism than the uprooted Russians, whom the CIA directed to carry out propaganda, espionage, and subversion operations from their home base in West Germany. Yet the American engagement of Russian exiles had unpredicta ... More

Keywords: Central Intelligence Agency/CIA, Cold War, transnational history, espionage, exiles, diaspora, spies, Soviet Union, Berlin, KGB

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198840404
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198840404.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benjamin Tromly, author
Professor of History, University of Puget Sound