KGB Lexicon: Zhurnalistskoye prikrytiye
2016 January 10
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Today's foray into the KGB lexicon involves multiple interrelated terms, and is inspired by the activities of Eurasia Daily and its predecessor Regnum News Agency.


Soderzhatel prikrytiya — keeper of a cover establishment
An agent posing on intelligence instructions and with the help of Intelligence as the owner, or the actual owner, of a firm or enterprise to which Intelligence clandestinely sends an illegal for legalisation.

Zhurnalistskoye prikrytiye — journalistic cover
The official activity of an intelligence officer acting as a journalist for the purpose of disguising his membership of the intelligence cadre and camouflaging his intelligence work.

Dezinformatsionnyye materialy — disinformation materials
Material specially collected or fabricated by the intelligence service to mislead particular circles, agencies, institutions and individuals in foreign countries (documents, reports, articles published in periodicals or broadcast by radio and television, declarations by state agencies, public figures and scholars, private anonymous letters, leaflets and so forth).

Dezinformatsiya — disinformation
a) Misleading by means of false information.
b) A form of intelligence work in the active measures field, which consists of the secret channeling towards an adversary of false information, specially prepared materials and fabricated documents designed to mislead him and prompt him to take decisions and measures which fit in with the plans and intentions of the intelligence service.
c) Information, materials and documents containing information designed to mislead someone.

Source: Mitrokhin, Vasili (2013-01-11). KGB Lexicon: The Soviet Intelligence Officers Handbook (p. 13). Taylor and Francis. Kindle Edition.

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