Viktor Suvorov graduated from the Military Diplomatic Academy of the Soviet Army in 1974 and was dispatched to Geneva to work as an agent in the Soviet military intelligence service (the GRU). For four years he was part of a team of analysts processing intelligence data. When his life came under threat, he and his family fled to the UK, where he received political asylum. He was meanwhile sentenced to death in absentia in the USSR. Viktor Suvorov is the author of 16 books which have been translated into 27 languages. His most famous works are Aquarium, published in the UK by Hamish Hamilton in 1985, and The Icebreaker, which was published in France in 1988, and in the UK in 1990, and deals with the beginning of the Second World War. Other titles include Day M; The Last Republic; Purification and Suicide.
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