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The notes of a journalist working in Europe for Russian TV

Editorial slang

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“He is a neighbour” (“on sosedskiy” in Russian) – a delicate phrase from the Soviet times. Apart from obvious meaning it was used in journalistic circles to describe a KGB officer working in a foreign bureau of a Soviet medium under cover. I have been working as a foreign journalist since 2007 and never knew the term, an older colleague just mentioned it. I never heard of the same practice either – there are so many other covers for intelligent services nowadays. But my knowledge is obviously limited.

Agents of the military intelligent service under similar cover had a definiton, too (the service is called “GRU”). I would never guess what it was but there is actually some logic in it. Let’s see if anybody who reads it can suggest something.

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Written by andreyshilov

November 23, 2008 at 2:28 pm

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