Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire - Chapter 23 Summary & Analysis

David Remnick
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Chapter 23 Summary

In 1988, Vladimir Kryuchkov, the new chief of the KGB decides to launch a public relations campaign to improve notorious secret police's image. Despite the fact that Kryuchkov was part of the planning committee for the violent invasions of Budapest and Prague, he decides that a "nice guy" image would work for him and the KGB. As part of the PR campaign, the KGB insists they are no longer involved in any subversive activities such as spying, torturing or killing. In an effort to publicly convey this new image, the KGB hires a new spokesperson, a beautiful young agent called Miss KGB, who provides KGB updates on the evening news.

The new KGB feeds the media with espionage stories that they find hard to resist. One of the most famous spy stories of the mid-1980s is that of former CIA agent Edward Lee Howard. In 1983, Howard is...

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