AIDS at the Service of Soviet Propaganda



At that time, Tass maintained a bureau in Geneva with two reporters. As a matter of fact, only one of them was a reporter while the other was a “neighbor”, a usual euphemism used in Tass, as well as in diplomatic circles, to describe members of the Russian intelligence community, usually from the First Main Department of the KGB.

The First department was in charge of Soviet spying abroad and also, apparently, helped disseminate rumors and disinformation related to the USSR’s enemies – all Western countries. Almost always, the main culprit of all was the Central Intelligence Agency.

In 1991, following the demise of the Soviet Union, the department was separated from the KGB and became what is now called the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR). The KGB eventually changed its name to the FSB, which stands in Russian for the Federal Security Service.