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PostBoris Volodarsky's "Assassins: The KGB's Poison Factory 10 Years On" (Paul Preston, -UK, 01/28/20 10:50 am)
Some WAISers will remember the stir created in 2009 by the publication of Boris Volodarsky's sensational book The KGB's Poison Factory: from Lenin to Litvinenko (Yorkshire: Frontline Books, 2009). Since then, the Factory has continued to function and the poisoning in the spring of 2019 in Salisbury of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia saw the British media revive its interest in the phenomenon and, as so often, turn to Boris Volodarsky to explain what was going on.
Fellow WAISer and inveterate researcher Boris has now published a new catalogue of the horrors emanating from "the Factory," Assassins: The KGB's Poison Factory 10 Years On. Like all of Boris's books, this one is astonishing for the scale of inside knowledge and geographical span rendered un-put-downable by a lucid style and lots of witty asides.
While on the subject of Boris's merits, I must mention, for those who might have missed it, the book that I consider to be his masterpiece, Stalin's Agent: The Life and Death of Alexander Orlov (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015). A priceless contribution to the historiography of both the Spanish Civil War and the Cold War.
JE comments: Congratulations to Boris Volodarsky, and thanks to Sir Paul Preston for the announcement. I read Boris's original Poison Factory years ago, and it makes a damning argument for a harsh and inconvenient truth: Putin is a murderer.
Assassins is not yet available in the US, but you can pre-order for March delivery: