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KGB sex espionage

It was the USSR that established one of the most sophisticated special services in the world, which trained female spies to seduce men. There has been a book put out recently about sex spying. A girl named Vera narrated the story about KGB and how they recruited pretty girls, promising them that they would have all kinds of welfare imaginable, if they would agree to fulfil their civil duty and become sex agents. They were trying to deliver them from any shyness or shame, teaching them sex techniques, showing perverted pornographic videos. Girls were supposed to be able to execute any task. A lesbian orgy was one of practical classes, teachers would join that orgy too, the whole event was filmed and then the tape was discussed in detail by the whole group of participants.

"We were told that we were soldiers and that our weapon was our bodies. When the training was finished, we became sexually sophisticated women, we were ready to sleep with any man, if there was such an order for that," Vera said.

The objects of sexual attack were examined thoroughly beforehand, it was requisite to learn their sexual preferences, in order not to miss anyone. The first contact with an object was supposed to be totally incidental, but it was all over with blackmail: they explained to a guy that he had no other way out, but to cooperate with the Soviet intelligence.

Soviet poster - We should live in peace.However, surprised happened sometimes too, like it was with the notorious case for seducing Indonesian President Ahmed Sukarno. He was known for his sexual passion. That is why KGB sent a group of young girls to him during his visit to Moscow. Those girls got acquainted with Ahmed Sukarno in a plane, under the disguise of air hostesses, then he invited them to his hotel room in Moscow and arranged a grand orgy. The orgy was filmed by two candid cameras that were fixed behind mirrors. It seemed that the operation was just perfect. Before starting the blackmail, KGB invited Sukarno in a small private movie theatre and showed him the pornographic video, in which he was playing the main part. KGB agents were expecting him to get really frightened, that he would agree to cooperate with them at once, but everything happened vice versa: Sukarno fondly decided that it was a gift from the Soviet government, so he asked for more copies to take them back to Indonesia and show them in movie theatres. Sukarno said to flabbergasted agents that the people of Indonesia would be very proud of him, if they could see him doing the nasty with Russian girls.

But it was not only KGB mastering sex espionage. The Irish used pretty girls for distracting soldiers' attention at their posts or near police stations during army operations. The British were not sitting on their hands too, they set up a sex squad in return. The intelligence opened two brothels in Belfast for blackmailing the leaders of local political movements and for obtaining intelligence information. Those brothels were packed with best prostitutes from all over Europe - they executed the tasks of the English intelligence for very good money.
East-German intelligence progressed in the field of sex spying as well. They developed a plan for seducing lonely secretaries that worked in important state institutions of West Berlin. The first contact was supposed to happen on a bus stop, in a cafe, or during a lunch break. A guy would start making a conversation, and then there was a game of seduction. For example, a handsome, well-dressed man with a bouquet of flowers rings a bell of a lonely woman, and then he pretends that he knocked on a wrong door. He gallantly apologizes, gives her flowers, and the affair starts. The problem with lonely secretaries that worked in secret institutions of West Berlin was so serious that NATO authorities ordered to hang posters on the walls of their offices, telling them to keep their hearts closed.

Elizabeth Bentley was a beautiful American woman active as a spy for the Soviets in the 1940s. She was recruited and fell in love with her controller, Jacob Golos, who held her to the cause by frequent sex. She was able to seduce at least eighty American officials (mostly Army intelligence officers) to capture valuable "pillow talk" for the Soviets. Golos also ran several other agents in the U.S. about the same time. The Golos network came down when she fell in love with an FBI agent.

Lizi Friedman was another beautiful Russian spy (a Jewish woman from Austria) active in the WW II period. She apparently specialized in turning MI6 and American agents with her exciting lovemaking in the snow.

Maria Knuth was a German cabaret dancer recruited by the Soviets for her beauty and abilities with sexual favors to attract British and American officials in the post WWII period. She was primarily used for counterintelligence purposes.

Larissa Dubanova was the Russian's most beautiful secret agent. Active during the 1950s, she was used when Russian intelligence would indicated one or more officers of the other side considered himself a "stud" with women. The KGB would then arrange to put Larissa somewhere within close distance of the "stud" where they could engage in sexy dialogue (she spoke perfect English and was a ballet dancer in the Bolshoi Theater). After a few sexual escapades, she would tell the stud that she was pregnant, and then the KGB would arrange a fake secret marriage, which was often against the law, and therefore provided a blackmail lever on the "stud".

Galya (last name is not known) was a Russian agent who specialized in becoming the maid for diplomats and ambassadors in embassies. The KGB would find out which officials had a taste for beautiful women, and then plant her in the job position, where she used sexy French maid clothing to entice the officials into workplace affairs. She then lured them into hotel rooms which were wired with videocameras. Galya was originally an attractive Russian prostitute recruited by the KGB (Normally, female spies are not recruited from the ranks of criminals).

Sonia (aka Ursula Beurton) was born in Germany as Ursula Kucynski and operated as a Soviet spy in Switzerland during a long espionage career spanning the 1940s and 1950s. Her English husband was also a Soviet spy. The Russians require espionage activity from both partners in their married spies. She seduced and recruited several British officials for the highly successful "Lucy" spy ring. Sonia was eventually brought down via an affair with another Soviet spy, a practice strongly prohibited in the spy world (sex is only allowed with the enemy).

SVR offices in Moscow.
SVR offices in Moscow.


1945 Soviet propaganda poster - The enemy is cunning, be on guard!The Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) was the first element of the KGB to establish a separate identity in October 1991, incorporating most of the foreign operations, intelligence-gathering and intelligence analysis activities of the KGB First Chief Directorate.

Russia’s internal chaos, corruption at the highest level, and large stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction made it a natural target for all larger special services. As the most powerful among the Western allies and, together with the UK, the most unyielding on security issues, the USA remained the main opponent of the SVR. The cooperation between the CIA and the SVR was practically zero, announced the SVR spokesman at the beginning of 1997.

After almost nine economically and politically lean years under Boris Yel'tsin, Putin will attempt to make Russia more prosperous, efficient and better organised. Putin’s Russia will be stronger and more assertive on the international arena. Putin will use the SVR because the other Russian institutions dealing with foreign affairs have been weakened, and because the SVR is still in the first league of world intelligence services. As an ex-intelligence officer Putin knows how the service works and what it can deliver.

Trimmed and reduced, the SVR will nevertheless have many advantages not available to its predecessors. The Russian communities in the industrialised democratic countries have grown enormously. Many of them legally acquired citizenship of their countries of residence, giving them access to the EU and many other countries. Many others acquired permanent residence permits either through investments in the countries in which they reside temporarily or through faked marriages. This network of new Russians can be explored by the SVR and the GRU, because much of what they have has been stolen and they can be blackmailed.

The interest displayed by the Russian special services in wealthy Russians abroad has been demonstrated. Lieutenant-General Vladimir Tsekhanov, the head of the FSB Economic Counterintelligence Directorate, who said at the end of 1995 that Russians owned more than 200 houses in France, most of which are in Paris or its surroundings. This kind of information could only have been collected either with the cooperation of the French DST or some very effective footwork of the local SVR residency.

Human intelligence has historically been Russia’s strong point. Its main advantage in Russia’s present economic situation is that it is cheap. A slow dilution of national identities and a lack of knowledge of history in EU countries among their younger citizens, which has not been replaced by European patriotism or European allegiance, have removed many psychological and other barriers but have also made European security and defence a remote issue to an average citizen.

European countries are paying the price for not investing in their defence and security by having to rely on the USA to solve even European problems. Part of this price is bruised egos in European capitals when Washington treats them like junior and not always mature partners. This will bring a new dimension to two old recruitment principles, "money" and "ego", institutionalised "anti-Americaninsm" hiding behind seemingly noble attempts to balance the unipolarism of the military and security world. The Russians tried to split NATO during the Cold War period. They might find some of their old skills useful.

Lieutenant-General Vadim Kirpichenko listed in October 1993 reasons why some people are willing to work with the SVR. The main reason is money, then come dissatisfaction with superiors, seeking a special status in the mysterious world of espionage and warm feelings towards Russia.


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