- One of the most bizarre chapters of the espionage war between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the NKVD began in August 1943 with the posting of letters to Joseph Stalin and the FBI by Vasili Mironov, an NKVD lieutenant colonel serving in the rezidentura in New York. The letter to Stalin accused NKVD rezident Vasily Zarubin of being a German spy. The letter to the FBI—addressed to “Mr. Guver”—identified several NKVD officers in the rezidentura by name, noting their collection of political and military intelligence. The letter to Stalin caused Zarubin to be recalled to Moscow in 1944. The letter to the FBI led to greater surveillance of Soviet trade and diplomatic facilities.Zarubin was acquitted on his recall to Moscow. But his removal from the United States hurt Soviet intelligence. Mironov was recalled to Moscow, tried by a special court, and placed in an asylum. His later attempts to contact the American embassy earned him a death sentence; he was shot.
Historical dictionary of Russian and Soviet Intelligence. Robert W. Pringle. 2014.
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