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Through the Eyes of the Enemy: The Autobiography of Stanislav Lunev Hardcover – August 25, 1998


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Stanislav Lunev was a Soviet GRU (military intelligence) agent who defected to the United States in March of 1992 after a successful career of intelligence gathering from China and the United States. As the highest-ranking military defector to the U.S., he is in a unique position to detail the intelligence aspect of the cold war and the emergence of the Russian mafia as a threat to national security.

Through the Eyes of the Enemy is more than the autobiography of a highly skilled intelligence operative and defector; it is a "debriefing" on the new cold war being waged by the Russian mafia against American corporations. Lunev portrays organized crime as the only authority in modern Russia, and asserts that this element has infiltrated every level of American private and corporate life. He provides chilling details of seismic weapons, mass-scale corporate espionage, and deep-cover death squads. Through the Eyes of the Enemy could be dismissed as fantastic paranoid ravings were the source not so credible and the ramifications not so severe. --Brendan J. LaSalle

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing, Inc.; First Printing edition (August 25, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895263904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895263902
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 22, 1998
Format: Hardcover
With the knowledge of one who spent most of his professional life in Russia's most secretive intelligence agency, Colonel Lunev provides a riveting and disturbing -- and very credible -- look at the GRU and how it has resisted the reforms that have swept its country.
Lunev provides an equally troubling yet compelling analysis of how the corruption of the Soviet system hijacked economic reform in Russia and turned the country into what President Yeltsin himself once called the "superpower of crime."
There are few books about the GRU. The best-known ones, written under the pseudonym Suvorov by a former GRU officer named Rezun who defected to the United Kingdom, are excellent works but many scholars suspect that they rest heavily on material provided by British intelligence. While this does not diminish the value of the Suvorov books, it does contrast with that of Lunev who, with the help of a co-author, offers a perspective completely unique to his exper! ience.
Suvorov's books remain valuable, because the GRU has changed little if at all, and its mission remains the same. But being written in the Soviet period, they lack the context of the collapse of the USSR and the end of the Cold War as we knew it.
U.S. intelligence was slow to realize the depth of criminalization within Russia's government and its security and intelligence services, and American policymakers have yet to accept this fact. Policymakers are also reluctant to admit that Moscow has preserved the Soviet-built mechanisms to decapitate the civilian and military leadership of the United States in the event of crisis.
Lunev describes the situation lucidly. One cannot understand the situation in Russia today without reading this book.
J. Michael Waller, Ph.D.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 18, 1998
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The book was very disappointing. It lacks details and smacks of the GRU ego throughout. The accolades given the FBI and others makes it quite apparent who was involved in editing. Thus the lack of details, I assume. My recommendation to the author is to write another book but this time, tell the whole truth in detail - and don't let the government guys read and edit it first! Hell, it can't hurt - you have a price tag on your head anyway - maybe!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 9, 1998
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Being a resident of the Washington DC area I find the topics discussed in this book very disturbing. While DoD and counterintelligence budgets are being slashed by congress, the Russian Mafia lead empire formerly known as the USSR is spreading its influence throughout the world. All the while duping American companies into partnerships with the Russsian Mafia. The sad part is that in the name of economic reform and international trade we are rekindling the Cold war and fueling our own destruction. Let's pray that Russia can get some control over the mafia in the future. Perhaps this period in Russian history mirrors our own problems with the Mafia in the 30's. While their problems are quite different, our Counterintelligence activities need to be increased to counter the Industrial sabotage and legistlation needs to be introduced to place stricter monitoring on Russian-US corporate alliances.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
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One hopes that Colonel Lunev's debriefings to American intelligence agencies provided considerably more detail and verification than is contained in this book. In fact, there is not much to this book other than a fairly uninteresting account of his career in Soviet, now Russian, Military Intelligence, the GRU. The book might have an appeal to readers who have had no exposure to the world of intelligence. Those familiar with the subject will have gone over this turf many times with GRU defector/author Suvorov. Furthermore, one is prompted to ask why Lunev defected when at the time he was free to resign and walk out the door like a lot of his former colleagues. Lunev makes some startling accusations/revelations which can be summed up as: (1) the Russians still consider the US an enemy, (2) Yeltsin has lost control of the government to the Russian mafia, (3) and Russian organized crime is using the GRU espionage apparat as its tool, (4) the long arm of the GRU through its new masters extends more than ever deep into the U.S. In addition, Lunev implies that the Russians have continued to target American leadership for assassination in the event of conflict, plus infiltrating tactical nuclear weapons into U. S. territory. This is pretty serious stuff! Even if Russia currently is militarily prostrate, for Russian leadership to order or condone secret operations of STAVKA/GRU to be prepared to nuke Airforce One's offsite landing strip, makes Sadaam's statemanship appear to be graced with the highest degree of Ciceronian gravitas. Lunev opened the debate. He's put us on notice. We have to come up with a sober threat assessment in light of his revelations. Are the Russians as out of control as he claims? Has Forsythe's "Ikon" nightmare become a reality? Wake up, America!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John M. Lane on January 7, 2012
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This is a review of THROUGH THE EYES OF THE ENEMY by Stanislav Lunev with Ira Winkler. Mine is the hard cover edition published in 1998 by Regnery in Washington, DC. The book is attractively bound and 172 pages long, not counting useful 5 page index.

Stanislav Lunev was in the FBI's Witness Protection Program at the time this book was published. He was a Colonel in the Glavnoye Razvedyvatelnoe Upravlenie, or GRU, at the time of his defection to the US. Ira Winkler is an American with a background in intelligence operations and the author of CORPORATE ESPIONAGE.

He assisted Lunev when the Colonel decided to publish a brief memoir. Lunev had survived cancer and felt obliged to provide his adopted country with a wake up call. It's a frightening call.

Lunev warns America that Russia doesn't consider the Cold War to be over even though the Soviet Union collapsed. America still remains the primary enemy and still faces challenges from the GRU and its elite Spetznatz forces who, with the KGB, have demonstrated the ability to operate successfully inside the United States and who have access to an alarming array of weapons, including weapons of mass destruction, some of which are pre-positioned on US soil awaiting activation.

These include nuclear weapons which Colonel Lunev explains on page 24 "are not merely for deterrence; they are to be used..." Had the Cuban Missile Crisis led to war, Lunev assures the reader that they would have used in accordance with "Soviet and Russian military doctrine."

The GRU has a record of success in the US. Lunev writes on p. 28 that "It was the GRU, not the KGB, for example, who recruited the rings of spies that stole the technology of the Manhattan Project.
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