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Behind the Desert Storm: A Secret Archive Stolen From the Kremlin that Sheds New Light on the Arab Revolutions in the Middle East Paperback – July 1, 2011
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Stroilov has stolen one of the most fascinating archives in recent diplomatic history and has given us documentation for all those old assumptions - and much more. --The Washington Times
About the Author
Pavel Stroilov is a Russian historian living in London after being granted asylum by British Judges in 2006. He fled Russia in 2003 after successfully stealing 50,000 unpublished top-secret Kremlin documents from the archive of the Gorbachev Foundation. Stroilov and other researches were given access to the archive in 1999, but were brusquely refused permission by Mikhail Gorbachev himself to copy significant parts of the collection. Over the next few years, after secretly watching the archive's network administrator enter the password into the foundation's computer system, Stroilov was able to copy the archive and send it to secure locations around the world. Most of the originals remain classified to this day. Stroilov was also the editor of Alexander Litvinenko's book Allegations. Litvinenko, a fierce critic of Vladimir Putin, was poisoned to death in a high profile political assassination in 2006.
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This book reveals the documents from Gorbachev's archive that relate to the Gulf War and more broadly to the Middle East at the final stage of the Cold War. The author states that the Middle East was an important front of the Cold War---second only to Europe. This non-fiction book sets out incidents and communications that occurred either in the Middle East or about the Middle East and how Russia had a finger in the pie. It is related in a history book type manner and will be interesting for all readers who have always wondered about some of the events of these times, which are even quite recent. Although we readers have to rely on the honesty of the author, there are facts related that make sense. I recommend this book.
Best line of the book: "Gorbachev lies even when he is telling the truth."