God, but there’s a lot of snow in
) St. Petersburg
Marty the Driver
Our wives were full partners in the business of collecting intelligence in the
It so happens that women, perhaps because in their younger years there may be many male eyes tracking them, get to be incredibly expert at detecting those eyes. In the
Union, when we were always liable to being followed by the KGB,
our wives could detect surveillance much better than men could.
We took the Midnight Red Arrow train from
Moscow to , arriving on
schedule at 8:25 a.m. A driver met us at the train station and drove us to the
American Consulate, where we stowed our bags and jumped into our car, all set
for a day of work. Leningrad
We did a lot of driving around places where the Soviets were building new ships and patrol craft in
. Usually two attachés traveled together, but
sometimes it was just an attaché and wife, and on this occasion, it was Marty
and me. Leningrad
I had to observe the construction of a new missile boat the Soviets were building on the banks of the
. The U.S. Navy wanted to know more about this
project. In order for me to observe
fully, I asked Marty to drive our four-wheel drive Niva (a Soviet Jeep-style
1980 Lada Niva 4x4 built by AvtoVAZ [АВТОВАЗ]
The cars we used in the
were usually bugged by the KGB, so we knew that anything we said in them would
be picked up, so we used hand signals and wrote little notes, or got out and
took a walk, away from the vehicle. USSR
On this day, there was a huge amount of snow everywhere in
, and I asked Marty to drive down
this plowed path to the river, with snow on each side much taller than our car,
like the illustration above. Leningrad
She drove us, but as we got near the target, out stepped a KGB “goon”. He was in a position to stop us and submit us to some nasty interrogation. So, I told Marty, “Quick, back up, as fast as you can!”
If you have not practiced high speed backing, traveling down a snowy track with snow piled high on each side, it’s not easy.
But, Marty kicked the Niva into reverse and away we went, backing down maybe 100 or so yards, and then cleared the area.
Marty was not happy with me for getting her into that situation!
Attachés and wives
L to R: Deborah and Bill Henry, Marty and Sam, Janice and Pierce Crabtree
Women’s Day in
—Fats took the day off! Leningrad
One of our favorite walks was along the
Neva River at Schmidt’s Bank, in . Here hundreds of boats and often
warships and submarines tied up. Many
of the smaller, lighter draft boats were awaiting a schedule to move up the
canals that cut across Leningrad . Here we
could see these boats and ships, and Red Fleet ships, and also ships under
construction in the many shipyards of Russia . Leningrad
Whenever we would take these walks, we tried to take along our cameras and collect photos of interesting things. Photography in this area was forbidden, however.
The KGB assigned an elderly “goon” that attachés named “Fats.” He and some of his associates generally were around to follow us wherever we walked, or drove, and to make our job harder, or impossible. They wore the red armbands of “Druzhniki,” or “concerned citizens.” Sort of like elderly volunteers who operate as school crossing guards, except these were assigned to look after the foreign “spies.” The Soviets considered all foreign diplomats spies—they hadn’t changed their attitude toward foreigners in centuries.
Peter and Paul Fortress, from across the
One day, March the 8th, 1983 to be exact, it was International Women’s Day. Now, in fact, the Soviets didn’t care much about women’s rights, except the right of old women to stand in the street all day long in the winter, smashing ice with a heavy iron rod.
But this day, as we arrived to do our job of collecting intelligence in
, there was NO
KGB. They had the day off! Leningrad
I was traveling with my assistant, Pierce Crabtree, a big, burly former Navy football player. With no KGB to bother us, we went wild photographing shipyards and ships and everything we could see. We were driving a Soviet “Niva.” 4 x 4 vehicle. We thought this would be a great day to check out some radar installations near the Czars’ summer palace at Petrodvorets. However, somewhere between Kipen’ and Ropsha, we got stuck in the snow.
If the KGB had been around, we would not have been able to get that far. Now, free to travel, we had gone and gotten ourselves in trouble. The snow was pretty deep.
Fortunately, along came a bus full of Russians. The driver and some of the passengers got out and helped push us out of the snowbank.
The KGB would NOT have helped us out of the snowbank, but these Russians were like good neighbors anywhere in the world.
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