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The Secret History of KGB Spy Cameras
1945 - 1995

Authors: H. Keith Melton, Lt. Col. Vladimir Alekseenko,
Michael M. Hasco, Detlev Vreisleben
ISBN: 978-0-7643-5616-2
Released: 2018
Language: English


For more than 20 years, author H. Keith Melton – himself an avid collector of clandestine radios, cameras and other spy gear – has been working on a book that would reveal the secret history of (subminiature) cameras that were developed in the former Soviet Union (USSR) during the Cold War. Many of these cameras were used by secret intelligence services like the KGB and the GRU.

And his efforts are now paying off. With the help of KGB experts like Lt. Col. Vladimir Alekseenko, Col. Levshin Nikolai and Col. Nikolaev Vladimir Ivanovich, complemented by contributions from German Cold War expert Detlev Vreisleben, Lithuanian museum curator Julius Urbaitis, and many others, Melton and co-author Hasco have succeeded in compiling the most comprehensive overview of secret KGB spy cameras to date.
  

This hard-cover book is slightly larger than A4, is well typeset and has a pleasant writing style. It contains more than 400 high-resolution full-colour photographs, diagrams and illustrations, including illustrations from original KGB instruction manuals. The book covers more than 80 spy cameras and camera systems, many of which have never been seen by the general public before.

The book contains eleven chapters, each of which handles a different field; document copying, surveillance, compromise, covert photography, etc., complete with the history of its development, manufacturers, etc. The last section of the book contains a long cross reference list with model numbers and (code) names. It is clearly the most comprehensive compilation of Soviet covert cameras to date, and will no doubt be the reference for the next few decades. It is a must-have for anyone interested in historic cameras or in the history of the Cold War. Highly recommended.

Example of pages in the book KGB Spy Cameras Detailed description of the ZVOUK lipstick camera Scret GRU camera Original illustration from a Soviet instruction manual Detailed description of the use of a duplication camera
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