Conférence GRU – Part 2 – In english
Presented by Michael Tingay
Following part 2… (2/3)
A hundred years ago Lenin and Trotsky centralized the clandestine work of the Red Army. In 1920s the RU (Directorat d’Intelligence) was transformed into an agency so secret, the GRU that documents and date of establishment have never been published. The Soviet Union did not acknowledge the existence of the GRU until 1964. The UPU has invited Michael Tingay, former correspondent of the Financial Times, to discuss the evolution of the GRU from Leon Trotsky to Vladimir Putin.
GRU spying from, in and on France in the 20th century
NATO was established in 1949 because three of the occupiers of defeated Germany (France, UK, USA) formalized irreconcilable discord with the fourth occupier, the Red Army. From a GRU viewpoint in Moscow establishment of a hostile, multi-country military alliance increased opportunities for penetration by clandestine communications networks. Michael Tingay traces a thread from the 1920s to the 1960s to illustrate how principles followed by a professional GRU officer in 1943 paid dividends lasting twenty years. In this third discussion about the GRU, the speaker aims to show how an analyst can come to appreciate technical skills even in an enemy who inspires distaste and fear.