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UP talks – The GRU (cycle anglophone)
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. The Talks will take place from 19-21h at the Université Populaire de l’Uzège, 7 Avenue de la Libération, Uzès (Salle 6). No charge for entry.
GRU 1 of 3
A remarkable fact about the twentieth century is that Russia helped rebuild Germany’s armed forces after World War One. Historians write little of Lenin’s collaboration with Berlin. They write even less about Moscow’s GRU, the Soviet Union’s military agency that conducted that clandestine activity. Michael Tingay, ex-correspondent of the Financial Times, has studied historical counterintelligence. He talks of opaque events and invites open discussion of why and how known facts sometimes do not appear in history books.
(Conference 1 of 3 in English: November 16 2018)
GRU 2 of 3
In the decade after World War One, undisclosed Russo-German military cooperation facilitated the spread of GRU activities in Germany. Conditions in France obliged GRU officers to take a different approach to set up clandestine communications networks. In the second of three conferences on activities of the GRU, Michael Tingay highlights Anglo-Saxon knowledge of GRU espionage in France between World War One and World War Two.
(Conference 2 of 3 in English: December 21 2018)
GRU 3 of 3
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.
(Conference 3 of 3 in English: February 15 2019)