The Secret History of KGB Spy Cameras  1945-1995

The cameras, concealments & techniques Soviet intelligence used to steal secrets, conduct surveillance & develop 'Kompromat' 

About the book...

Lavishly Illustrated

Over 450 photos, diagrams, charts and training illustrations - most never seen before - skillfully laid out and presented in a large 9" x 12" hardbound format. 

The Definitive History

Detailed history of every known KGB document copy and surveillance camera produced and used during the Cold War along with a collection of rare GRU (Soviet Military Intelligence) agent document copy cameras.

Exhaustively Researched

Written by a team of intelligence historians and former KGB officers who helped develop and operationally used the cameras while serving Soviet stations in Europe and the United States.

Tradecraft Explained with Cameras Linked to Spies & Cases

This is not just a book about subminiature cameras - it is a case study of how highly specialized and cleverly designed 'special' cameras played critical roles in capturing and communicating secret information during a sensitive time in our world's history.  

Containing Previously "Top Secret" Classified Information

Our team...

H. Keith Melton

H. Keith Melton is an intelligence historian and the best-selling author of multiple books on clandestine technology.  Keith is a founding board member of the International Spy Museum in Washington DC.

KGB Lt. Col. Vladimir Alekseenko (1948-2017)

Vlad served KGB stations in Europe & the United States working with all KGB cameras & systems.

Lt. Col. Vladimir Alekseenko served KGB stations in Europe & the United States working with all KGB cameras & systems.

KGB Col. Nkolaev ("Big Vlad") Ivanovich

Col. Ivanovich was the KGB's resident authority on clandestine photography.

Col. Ivanovich was the KGB's resident authority on clandestine photography.

KGB Col. Levshin Nikolai Alekseevich (1928-2000)

Col. Alekseevich intelligence career stared in 1948.  He lead the PGU and KGB's operative training.

Col. Alekseevich's intelligence career stared in 1948.  He lead the PGU and KGB's operative training.

Michael M. Hasco

Michael Hasco is an international business executive who for 25 years has been a collector and histo

Michael Hasco is an international business executive who for 25 years has been a collector and historian of clandestine technology.

Detlev Vreisleben

Detlev Vreisleben is a retired telecommunications engineer who, for the past 20 years, has researched the technology of the Stasi.

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