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AMERICAN SPY - Arkady Shevchenko

Arkady Shecvchenko The highest level soviet diplomat to defect by 1978, Shevchenko was the first deputy to Foreign Minister Andre Gromyko, working in United Nations in New York. He also supervised a spy network in the U.S. and had grown accustomed to the good life. Before defecting, he drove a hard bargain, demanding a huge financial settlement, which was paid, before he sought political asylum. He abandoned his wife and children who were taken back to Moscow while Shevchenko was kept at a CIA safe house. The defecting spymaster was able to pinpoint the KGB agents spying inside the U.N. and elsewhere in the U.S., as well as detail Soviet negotiating techniques and policy-making.

Shevchenko got most of hist information from Gromyko, the Soviet Foreign Minister We were unable to find lots of information about Shevchenko. However, he was an important spy, which influenced Cold War

Shevchenko defected in 1978 from his position as UN Under Secretary General, after three years as a CIA agent-in-place.

When defected, he leaked much of the valuable information on the roles of the KGB and GRU.... Beyond this, Shevchenko presented the future of Soviet policy and how it was made to the Americans.

Former Soviet diplomat, Arkady Shecvhenko told the CIA that the KGB was the primary agency responsible for supplying the Kremlin with foreign intelligence. For example, Moscow cabled out questions on a daily basis to KGB rezidents abroad to guide themin their tasks. In addition to political intelligence, KGB officers concentrated increasingly on efforts to acquire advanced Western technology. The KGB reportedly acted as a collector of militarily significant Western technology (in the form of documents and hardware) on behalf of the Military Industrial Commission of the Presidium of the Council

of Ministers. This commission coordinated the development of all Soviet weapons systems, along with the program to acquire Western technology, and it levied requirements among the KGB, the Main Intelligence Directorate , and several other agencies, including those of East European intelligence services. The KGB and the GRU increased their technical collection efforts considerably in the early 1980s, when the number of requirements levied on them by the Military Industrial Commission rose by about 50 percent.

Soon after publishing a book, which contains the memours of his defector memory, Arkady Shevchenko, a Brezhnev-era Soviet diplomat who, was undersecretary general of the United Nations, died.


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