Code Name: Kalistrat (Large Print 16pt)
ReadHowYouWant.com, Limited, Aug 2, 2010 - 444 pages
With the confession of Morton Sobell in 2008 following the opening of the Grand Jury testimony preceding the trial for conspiracy ""of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, Morton Sobell and Anatoly Yakovelev,"" it would appear that the famous case could at last be put to rest. But that was not the final word. The Venona revelations of 1995 set off a panic inside the newly formed SVR, the successor agency to the KGB's foreign intelligence department. In the scramble to respond the newly appointed Director Yevgeny Primakov decides to use the memoirs of veteran spy master Alexander Feklisov, the case officer for Julius Rosenberg and other important American and British agents. A rewriting project is set up and the voluminous recollections are edited down much to the dismay of their cantankerous author. An unsuspecting American publisher is identified to publish the book in the United States and Great Britain. But there are complications and a secret agenda emerges within the SVR regarding highly explosive Cold War documents tied to the events immediately preceding Stalin's death on March 5, 1953 through June 19, 1953 --the day Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were to die on the electric chair. These revelations are found in the notebooks of a pro-Soviet French journalist who is mysteriously poisoned in a Paris metro station two days after the Rosenbergs are executed. A major change then takes place in Moscow with the arrest and execution of Lavrenty Pavlovich Beria and his group. Nikita Khrushchev slowly takes over the levers of power. What the notebooks contain and how they could be the cause of a long trail of political upheaval and assassination is revealed only at the end.
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