General Oleg Kalugin
Bozeman Lecture: “Putin’s Russia and the Specter of the KGB”
Tuesday, April 17
Titsworth Lecture Hall
The Bozeman lecture series, dedicated to bringing prominent figures in International Affairs, welcomes General Oleg Kalugin, a retired Major General in the Soviet KGB, to Sarah Lawrence College. His talk on April 17, entitled “Putin’s Russia and the Specter of the KGB,” will draw on a long career in intelligence to address the ongoing influence of the former security apparatus. For more information, please call 914-395-2412.
“There is a great deal of troubling news coming out of today's Russia, yet because of our preoccupation with the Middle East, most Americans have taken little note of what is occurring,” says Jefferson Adams, a member of the European history faculty who holds the Adda Bozeman Chair in International Relations. “Few persons can speak with such authority about the inner workings of Russian politics and society, especially the security services, which continue to play a dominant role at home and abroad.”
After attending Leningrad State University, Oleg Danilovich Kalugin was recruited by the KGB for foreign intelligence work. Undercover as a journalist, he attended Columbia University as a Fulbright Scholar in 1958 and then worked as a Radio Moscow correspondent at the UN, conducting espionage and influencing operations. General Kalugin rose quickly, becoming the youngest general in the history of the KGB and eventually the head of worldwide foreign counterintelligence. His internal criticism with the KGB leadership caused friction, and he was demoted to serve as first deputy chief of internal security in Leningrad from 1980 to 1987. Kalugin retired from the KGB in 1990 and became a public critic of the Communist system. His vocal attacks on the KGB won him both notoriety and a political following.
The Adda Bozeman lecture series, funded by friends and family of the international relations specialist who taught at SLC from 1947 to 1977, reflects Dr. Bozeman’s dual commitment to scholarship and public policy. According to Professor Adams, this year’s talk has particular significance, for Dr. Bozeman not only had a keen interest in Russia, but also helped establish the study of intelligence as a major academic pursuit.