The KGB tried to recruit me (129)

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Hans de Vreij is a Dutch journalist who has worked in Berlin , Brussels, Geneva and Prague.

Whilst working at the United Nations in Geneva Hans was the subject of attempted recruitment by the KGB to develop an ‘agent of influence’ to disseminate Soviet points of view.

In addition, they analysed the ‘targeted journalist’ in terms of possible blackmail: ‘kompromat‘ (compromising material). This especially held true for journalists who later might find themselves in an important position, such as press spokesman at a ministry.

We later talk about Hans’ visit to a Soviet chemical weapons facility and testing ground on the Volga, some 750 kms southeast of Moscow as well as his service in the Dutch Army.

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Back to today’s episode, we welcome Hans to our Cold War conversation…

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