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Russian Intelligence: Active Measures and Illegals

  • Dan Mulvenna
Tuesday 28 November 2017
Academy Building
Rapenburg 73
2311 GJ Leiden

About the lecture

Russian intelligence services have a long history with 'Active Measures' going back to the formation of the Cheka in December 1917. Active Measures, a Soviet era term, covers a broad range of mostly covert political warfare and influence operations, including special actions involving political repression, decomposition of organizations and institutions and character assassination, even violence, against individuals.

The presentation will offer an overview of the evolution of the Russian Active Measures strategies and operational tactics.

Russian Illegals

An Overview of the evolution of the KGB/SVR’s elite Directorate S HUMINT operations:

From the Great Illegals of the late 1920s & 1930s to today’s New Illegals. A recent example of the latter can be found in the FBI’s June 2010 roundup of 10 Russian Illegals in the U.S., operation GHOST STORIES. Subsequently other Illegals in Europe and elsewhere were also arrested or otherwise neutralized. 

About Dan Mulvenna

Dan Mulvenna retired from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Security Service (now the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, CSIS) after 22 years in criminal, counterintelligence and counterespionage operations. He worked successively as Head of the Ottawa Field Office GRU, Illegals and KGB Desks. Later in a senior position in the Counterintelligence Research and Analysis Branch at Security Service HQ, he worked on national counterintelligence programs and joint projects with allied intelligence and security services.

Instructor and lecturer on counterintelligence and counterterrorism to USIC agencies (among those NSA, CIA, FBI, DIA, DOE, Homeland Security) at the Counterintelligence Centre and with CT/CI Training Partners, in Washington, D.C. in 2001-2013.


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