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by Viktor Suvorov

Subcategory: Memoris and Biographies
Author: Viktor Suvorov
ISBN: 042509474X
ISBN13: 978-0425094747
Language: English
Publisher: Berkley (January 1, 1987)
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Suvorov traces his career from his assignment as a lieutenant commanding a company of tanks in the Soviet 13th . This book is an excellent view into the inner workings of the better of the Soviet Intelligence Services.

Suvorov traces his career from his assignment as a lieutenant commanding a company of tanks in the Soviet 13th Army, through being promoted into military intelligence, then being picked for the Spetsnaz, and finally winding up as a GRU spy in the Soviet embassy in Vienna. Along the way he gives us an unparalleled vista of the bankruptcy of the Soviet system.

Viktor Suvorov takes us inside the Aquarium, Moscow headquarter. All are employed in the training of a top agent. As Suvorov enters The Aquarium, the story becomes much more bleak, in the vein of a Red John Le Carre. It is the agent's job – once he is in the field – to gather information in any way he can. No source of information is too small or too banal. GRU agents, Induction into the GRU, the elite Soviet e agency, begins with a film strip of a traitorous agent being burned alive. They know how to hook someone's attention, and so does Suvorov, as he describes his journey from armor officer, to Spetsnaz operative, to GRU agent.

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In his books, Suvorov has made public sensitive details about the GRU, its . They had banned the book inside the Soviet Union because they recognised themselves. He read Nineteen Eighty-Four.

In his books, Suvorov has made public sensitive details about the GRU, its secret structure and its foreign residencies around the world. It opens with new recruits being shown footage of a man being fed, still alive, into a fiery crematorium. It would have included the killers, a technical expert and a handful of top Kremlin officials. As a fast-track spy in 1970s Switzerland, Suvorov was sometimes asked to help illegals – deep-cover agents living abroad.

Viktor Suvorov is the author of eighteen books, including three works of fiction. He was a Soviet Army officer who served in military intelligence (GRU). In 1978, he defected to the United Kingdom, where he worked as an intelligence analyst and lecturer. Библиографические данные. Inside the Aquarium: The Making of a Top Soviet Spy. Автор.

Viktor Suvorov is not his real name Everything we talk about inside stays inside. Not a single word must go beyond the transparent walls.

Viktor Suvorov is not his real name. Everyone who gets into the GRU observes the law of the Aquarium, the name by which the headquarters is known to initiates. Everything we talk about inside stays inside. And since such rules exist, there are very few people outside the transparent walls who know what goes on inside them. And since anyone who does know keeps his mouth shut, I personally had never heard anything about the GRU. I was a company commander.

Suvorov takes a deep look at human nature, the Soviet intelligence arena and military intelligence in general. Normally I hate spy stories. This one is different. They had good reason. It will grab you on page one and have you wanting more at the end. Anyone with an interest in the Soviet state should put this down as a 'must read'. The story seems just too fascinating to be true - yet it is.

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Describes the author's recruitment and training inside the Aquarium, headquarters of the GRU, the Soviet Union's top-secret military intelligence organization
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DART-SKRIMER
Viktor Suvorov's brilliant memoir of his life and times as an agent of the Soviet Union's military intelligence directorate known by its acronym, GRU, was an instant Cold War classic when first published as simply Aquarium in Great Britain in 1985. When published in the USA in 1986 as Inside the Aquarium: The Making of a Top Soviet Spy, it was a best-seller. Experts were divided on Suvorov at the time. Many suspected his books were fabrications, disinformation of some kind purposely released on the West by the Soviets using a double-agent; or the work of a British misinformation campaign to make the Soviets look like the evil empire then US President Ronald Reagan had declared them to be. This controversy was enhanced by the secrecy surrounding Suvorov himself. As a young intelligence officer during this time period, I thought the Suvorov books genuine. Years have passed, the Soviet Union is gone, the Cold War gave way to the "War on Terror" and Suvorov, no longer in hiding, is still writing and lecturing as an expert in Cold War era Russian history. And his memoir, Inside the Aquarium, has survived the test of time. It's a brilliant classic of life inside a totalitarian nightmare. In fact, this book is so well-written it should stand alongside other dystopian classics like Orwell's 1984 or Huxley's Brave New World. And as Russian literature, it's as good as anything by Chekhov or Solzhenitsyn.
Suvorov (Real Name: Vladimir Bogdanovich Rezun) wrote several insider books on the Soviet military in the late 1980s, but Inside the Aquarium remains his best and most personal of the series. In the 1990s he began publishing a series of behind-the-scenes books on the origins of World War II and the secret machinations of the communist leaders of the Soviet Union in the post-war era. Many of these are popular in the former Warsaw Pact and in Russia. Not all of these books are well-received in the West, despite Suvorov's background and research. They simply are too revelatory for American and Western European readers who have been spoon-fed their history in small sugary doses. He has recently published a series of fiction novels for Eastern European and Russian readers. He is a fantastic writer and I wish his novels could be translated for an English reading audience soon.
In the meantime, if you have never read Inside the Aquarium, please get it. You won't be let down. This book needs to be rediscovered by a new audience as the classic memoir of personal survival inside one of the most totalitarian systems ever devised by mankind. Highly, highly recommended.
Ziena
This was a profoundly disturbing book. Suvorov traces his career from his assignment as a lieutenant commanding a company of tanks in the Soviet 13th Army, through being promoted into military intelligence, then being picked for the Spetsnaz, and finally winding up as a GRU spy in the Soviet embassy in Vienna. Along the way he gives us an unparalleled vista of the bankruptcy of the Soviet system.

The view he gives of the GRU is instructive. It was a military intelligence organization that demanded the absolute loyalty and total domination of its secretive minions. The metaphor that most fits is that of selling one's soul to the devil for your thirty minutes of power and privilege. Suvorov openly admits that he loved the power and privilege he had as a member of the Nomenklatura, of which he was a part by virtue of his association with the GRU. The acquisition and exercise of power were the factors that motivated him, by his own testimony.

In the GRU, every one was being watched and everyone was watching someone else. The lives of the agents were dominated by fear of failure, fear of mistakes, and fear of exposure--but not exposure to the other side so much as exposure to the GRU itself.

Perhaps the most telling example the author provides is of an assignment he was given by a GRU superior to drop a package containing a bible into a fellow GRU agent's apartment mailbox, an agent known to be Suvorov's friend. The agent was being tested. His only possible correct response was to immediately report that he'd received a bible in the mail (I can not imagine living under such petty reporting requirements). If he failed to make the report he would be accused of having an interest in religion (subversive indeed!) and would be evacuated from Vienna to the Aquarium, GRU headquarters at Khodinka airfield in Moscow, where he would be executed. While Suvorov was delivering the package he was tempted to warn his friend to make the report. He decided against doing so, realizing that he himself was known to be the man's friend and was himself also under surveillance. As he made the drop, it dawned on Suvorov that this was as much a test for him as it was for his friend. Would he be loyal to the GRU, even though he would be condemning his friend to death, or would his friendship win out? Suvorov survived; his friend failed to make the requisite report, and was condemned.

It was a group which devoured its own. In such an organization, you quickly learned to trust no one, and to subvert all loves and loyalties to the overriding demands of the GRU. True friendship was impossible; it could get you killed. It was a soulless system, officially and aggressively atheistic, with no moral good other than the good of the State itself, as defined by the corrupt individuals who had happened to claw their way to the top of the mountain of bodies at the moment. "I serve the Soviet Union!" was the obligatory response to any praise or commendation.

I read the book as part of my research for my novel, Falcon Down, in which the GRU plays a significant part. It was a valuable exercise, and I gained much useful information. Aquarium is an interesting read, though you want to wash your hands when you put the book down.

One thing the book left me with was a renewed understanding of what the closed Soviet society became, especially for the upper class. The brutality of the Soviet system, combined with an official atheism able to offer no moral constraints, no meaning, and no hopes beyond the personal acquisition of power and privilege, nearly ruined a beautiful country and a vibrant people. Suvorov's Soviet Union became a real-life Lord of the Flies experience. One can only hope that some day Russia will come into its own as a prosperous, free, and happy country.
TheJonnyTest
I have read much of Viktor Suvorov's work, and this remains my favorite. This book is an excellent view into the inner workings of the better of the Soviet Intelligence Services. Many people don't realize that it was the GRU, rather than the much vaunted KGB, that stole the best intelligence on the Atomic Bomb; given the caliber of their personnel, and their training, it is little surprise that they had the successes they did, and further little surprise that our DIA has now created it's own Defense Clandestine Service to supplement the work of the CIA's HUMINT personnel, and that of other source intelligence.
Glei
recommended reading for those w/a Gov't Security Clearance - and those would appreciate a realistic understanding of the inner workings of the USSR - circa some years ago - and why - it was written - by a former Very High - Russian Military Officer
two companion Books: about their Tank Cops & one other [i forgot the title']
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