Vladimir Pavlov

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Vladimir Pavlov

Vitalius Grigorevich Pavlov (30 September 1914 - 11 April 2005) also known as Vitaly Pavlov and while working in Canada as Vladimir Pavlov. Pavlov was born in Barnaul city.

From 1933 through 1937 he studied in the Siberian Automobile Highway Institute in Omsk. After graduating he joined the organs of national security.

In 1938 he it finished the school of special instruction for the NKVD and was assigned to the work in external or foreign reconnaissance.

In 50 years of service in external reconnaissance he traveled extensively and spent many years in Canada, Austria and Poland. He worked from the illegal apparatus in a number of West Europe countries. Pavlov spoke English, French, German and Polish.

Pavlov occupied the important leading posts in the central apparatus as deputy chief of Soviet external reconnaissance.

Operation Snow

In May 1941 Pavlov met for lunch with Harry Dexter White, longterm Comintern and KGB agent who infiltrated the New Deal administration of President Franklin Roosevelt and became Undersecretary of the Treasury. White had been carefully selected to approach by Iskhak Akhmerov, who had served in the United States running the Silvermaster group. The purpose of "Operation Snow" was to present a series of policy initiatives which involved Soviet efforts to worsen U.S. Japanese relations. The Soviets' intent was for White to inject them into the Roosevelt administration's foreign policy discussions on Japan. The objective was to encourage Japan's war party to view the United States, not Russia, as its main enemy. Pavlov handed White an outline of themes for White to promote among key U.S. policymakers, among them was a demand, to be wrapped in tough rhetoric, that Japan recall its armed forces from China.[1][2]

Acting on Pavlov's initiative, White wrote proposals for economic sanctions against Japan which President Roosevelt implemented on July 26, 1941. All Japanese financial assets in the U.S. were frozen, virtually ending trade between the two countries. Japan found itself in a position where its oil reserves would soon be exhausted, as well as other necessary resources. The Japanese Cabinet sought desperately to reach an agreement in Washington.[3] Japan abandoned all plans against the Soviet Union and looked to the south instead for resources it needed. Due to Soviet influence, the United States set up a foreign policy that placed the Kremlin's interests ahead of the White House's.[4]

Cold War career

From 1971 through 1973 he was the chief of the Red Banner Institute of the KGB of the USSR now known as the Academy of External Reconnaissance (or Academy of Foreign Intelligence), under Yuri Andropov. After 1984 Pavlov worked as senior consultant of one of the administrations of external reconnaissance. In 1987 he retired.

Lieutenant General Pavlov was awarded she Orders of Lenin, October Revolution, Red Banner, and many others. pavlov author of a number of the books on the history of external reconnaissance and memoirs.


  1. Vitali Pavlov, "Operation Snow," News of Intelligence and Counter Intelligence, Moscow, August 1995, pgs. 5-6.
  2. Soviet penetration of the U.S. gets fresh look, Allan H Ryskind, Human Events, Jan 29, 2001. Review of Romerstein and Breindel, The Venona Secrets.
  3. Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time, Carroll Quigley, Collier-Macmillan, 1966, pg. 739. ISBN 0-945001-10-X
  4. Schecter and Schecter, Sacred Secrets, pp. 31, 33.
  • Document No. 10 in Robert Louis Benson and Michael Warner, eds., Venona: Soviet Espionage and the American Response, 1939-1957 (Washington, DC: National Security Agency/Central Intelligence Agency, 1996). [1][2]
  • Retrieved from "http://www.conservapedia.com/Vassili_D._Mironov"