Military Intelligence Book

My latest book – a study of military intelligence – is now out!

Co-edited with Ruslan Pukhov, the book is published in Russian by the Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST) in Moscow. It consists of an introduction written by me, which quickly surveys the world of military intelligence and the main issues connected to it, and then about a dozen chapters by different authors which look at the military intelligence systems and capabilities of various countries, such as China, South Korea, Japan, France, Germany, and the UK.

If you read Russian, you can find details here, including how to buy it (there is a 2 for 1 offer running until 16 August!). The newspaper Kommersant has published a review of the book, which you can read here.

9 thoughts on “Military Intelligence Book”

  1. I will invoke the spirit of Baba Vanga and issue the following prophesy: very, very soon Mr. Robinson will cease his collaboration with the RT and resume his usual freewheeling approach to the Russian state and the country.


    1. We hope to do an English version – it’s a question of persuading a publisher and paying for the translations. At present, it’s just in Russian.


  2. Happy 75th anniversary of the traitor Vlasov’s execution:

    Bloody fiends under the banners of the ROA

    Earlier this year, the regional departments of the FSB published declassified archival documents concerning the facts of the genocide committed by the punishers on the Soviet territories occupied by the Nazis during the Great Patriotic War. These documents also provide new evidence of how Nazi accomplices from among Soviet citizens who participated in the brutal murders of civilians, then fled with the German troops retreating under the onslaught of the Red Army, and were later called up to serve in the ROA.

    In particular, Vlasov’s army was replenished by members of the former 615th Ukrainian battalion, which was part of the Nazi Desna regiment, operating in the Bryansk region. The battalion got its name due to the overwhelming majority of its members being natives of the Ukraine from among Soviet prisoners of war. This battalion was distinguished by “special punitive activities,” according to the released documents, which also described, for example, how the punishers burned civilians alive.

    Members of the “Caucasian company” – a subdivision of Einsatzgroup D, formed by the Nazis from collaborationists, and brutally murdering Soviet citizens in the occupied territories in Crimea and the North Caucasus, joined the ROA, among others. The “Caucasian company” got its name due to the fact that the majority of its members were people from different Caucasian republics. As it follows from the declassified materials of the FSB, members of the “Caucasian company” massacred civilians in “gas chambers” cars. Then the “Caucasian company” began a bloody journey across Western Ukraine, shooting prisoners in the Nazi camps and burning people alive. After that, the “Caucasian Company” was redeployed to Poland, where, in particular, in September 1944 it was thrown into the suppression of the Warsaw Uprising.

    According to Alexander Zdanovich, it was not by chance that the ROA was replenished with such bloody fiends.

    “It should be borne in mind that in 1943, especially after the defeat of the Wehrmacht in the Kursk Battle, the Nazi special services, the Abwehr and the SD, significantly changed the tactics of their recruiting work. If before that they mostly used prisoners of war as agents, then they focused on those who smeared themselves with blood during punitive operations in the occupied territories and understood that there was no going back,” the agency’s interlocutor said. As the Red Army marched forward and liberated the previously occupied territories, these traitors left with the German troops, and the bulk of them replenished the intelligence schools, and then the ROA training units,” he added.

    “Moreover, these non-humans committed their atrocities not only on the territory of the Soviet Union, but also in Poland, during the suppression of the Warsaw Uprising in 1944,” the historian noted. According to him, in addition to the atrocities of the “Caucasian company”, one must first of all remember what the “Kaminsky Brigade” did there, aka the Russian People’s Liberation Army and the 29th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS troops under the command of collaborator Bronislav Kaminsky. On account of the RONA, it is believed to kill over 10 thousand civilians in the Nazi-occupied regions of the RSFSR and the Byelorussian SSR.

    “In Warsaw, RONA massacred the Poles in the most bestial manner. The insanity of the Kaminsky Brigade struck even the Nazis themselves. Plus the rampant robberies and rape of women. And then the RONA members joined Vlasov’s army,” Zdanovich said. Kaminsky himself was not in the ranks of the ROA: the Nazis shot him for marauding in Warsaw.

    Zdanovich also called false the thesis that the ROA allegedly did not engage in direct clashes with the Red Army, which periodically pops up in the media space. He recalled that in February 1945, the 1st ROA Division, together with the Wehrmacht forces, took part in an operation against Soviet troops that had occupied the Erlengof bridgehead on the Oder River during the Vistula-Oder offensive. But, as it turns out, that was not all.

    “I got acquainted with the declassified archival materials of the Federal Security Service. It follows from them that later in 1945, when our army entered Czechoslovakia, the ROA soldiers changed into the uniform of the Red Army, advanced to the front line of the Soviet troops, and posing as scouts who were returning from a mission , threw grenades at our soldiers, “said the historian. “In addition, according to the latest data that I managed to find out, up to 10 Soviet T-34 tanks were destroyed by ROA soldiers armed with faustpatrones supplied by the Germans. killed then, at the very end of the war. But these men could return home and live a peaceful life, “- added the agency’s interlocutor.


    “From all this follows the conclusion: Vlasov and others like him went over to the side of the enemy, breaking the oath, betraying their comrades, colleagues, and fought against their homeland with arms in hand. And therefore the sentence passed 75 years ago was absolutely fair,” – stressed Zdanovich…

    “There is no doubt that the case of Vlasov and the others was investigated fully and fairly objectively,” Zdanovich stressed. And in 2001, the military collegium of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation refused to rehabilitate Vlasov and his accomplices, he recalled.

    …I emphasize once again: Vlasov was responsible for the fact that those who betrayed the Fatherland and were complicit in monstrous actions against civilians stood up under the banner of the ROA. And therefore, for Vlasov himself, and other criminals who served with him and under his command, there can be no justification, “the historian summed up.”

    P.S. For the sake of, ha-ha, “balance” – here’s a bonus for all fans of the “crunchy French bread” ™ – how Vlasov’s execution had been remembered in the France based White émigré fascists chief paper “Часовой”.


    “He [Vlasov] drew a bridge between the national forces, hidden in the soviet army, and The White Movement, which began its fight against the Bolshevism 25 years before him.

    White Movements of the South, North, West, East, the Kronstadt and other people rebellions, Liberation Movement [ROA] – all of them are the links of the one and the same chain – struggle for the Russian peoples for the Faith, Motherland and Liberty. And Vlasovite stage of this struggle will come down in the history if Russia as a glorious and oblationary feat of her sons’ heroism”

    Spoiler alert – not, it didn’t. See Arts 454.1 and 457.3 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.


    1. UPD. A gentle reminder for the doubting souls (they know who they are), hoping beyond any hope that said Articles of the criminal code are not enforced in Russia:

      “The court sentenced to a fine of 180 thousand rubles a resident of the Perm kray, who uploaded a photo of the Nazi accomplice Andrei Shkuro to the photobank of the Immortal Regiment Online project, the regional prosecutor’s office reported.

      The court established that on May 2 last year, the accused uploaded a photo of the traitor to the Motherland, SS Gruppenfuehrer Andrei Shkuro from his computer to the Immortal Regiment Online website.

      “The Perm Regional Court issued a verdict in a criminal case against a resident of Perm. He was found guilty of committing a crime under Part 1 of Article 354.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (rehabilitation of Nazism) … The court, taking into account the position of the public prosecutor, sentenced him to a fine of the amount of 180 thousand rubles, “- the prosecutor’s office said.”


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