This lavishly photographed and authoritative book presents the secret history of Soviet subminiature spy cameras during the Cold War. It is a history that could only have been written by the veteran KGB technical intelligence officers who created and used the cameras in secret operations. With 350 photographs, the book reveals the history, development, and operational use of more than ninety secret cameras used by two of the world? most formidable intelligence services?he KGB (Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti [Committee for State Security]) and GRU (Glavnoye Razvedyvatel?oye Upravleniye [Foreign Military Intelligence Agency of the Soviet Army])?or secretly copying documents, and for surveillance and compromise. Every major camera system used by the KGB, and several used by the GRU are included. A bonus at the end of the book is an exhaustive glossary on KGB and GRU photographic systems and optical devices. This book is a must-have for camera collectors, military enthusiasts, historians, and counterintelligence officers.
H. Keith Melton is an intelligence historian and the best-selling author of multiple books on clandestine technology. Melton is a founding member of the Board of Directors for the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. Vladimir Alekseenko served KGB stations in Europe and the United States, and provided operational and technical support for Soviet intelligence activities and protection against eavesdropping on Soviet missions. He worked with all of the primary KGB photographic systems and special cameras for the secret photography. Vlad passed away in April of 2017 as this book was nearing completion. Michael M. Hasco is an international business executive who for twenty-five years has been a collector and historian of clandestine technology. Detlev Vreisleben is a retired telecommunication engineer and researcher for twenty years in the technology of the Stasi.