Oleksandr Skrypnyk, “Shot Dead in the Donbas “for Betraying Russia”: a novel. – K.: Yaroslavov Val, 2017. – 244 p.

The novel is based on the dramatic fate of the diplomat and intelligence officer Fedir Borzhynskyi, who in the difficult period of national history was the Ambassador of the Ukrainian State to the Kuban, honorably defending Ukrainian interests. At the same time, the century-old story in the book echoes the current events in the East of Ukraine, where Ukrainian patriots are standing firm against the “Russian world”.

Olexandr Skrypnyk “The Special Territory”. – “Yaroslaviv Val” Publishing House, Kyiv, 2013. – 440 pages.: illustrated.

The action-art novel is based on the real episodes from the biography of the deep-cover agent Fedir Illyich Hilko, born in Ukraine in one of the German settlements near Melitopol. For an incredible coincidence and carefully elaborated legend intelligence agent became the owner of the inheritance in the West and as if a relative of a wealthy German industrialist. And then a large and dangerous game as long as 17 years began…
The author collected materials for this book for several years, studied video memoirs and Fedir Hilko’s autobiographical notes, met with his son and other close relatives, intelligence veterans who were nearly acquainted with their colleague, worked together with him, in the Soviet period trained illegal agents or acted in the same conditions and countries, as he did. In an effort to fully display a complex, long, hard, multi-stage preparation for the removal of the intelligence agent abroad and his work in the special conditions, to show the inner world of the hero, to comprehend the motives of his actions, the author tried to reflect the actual events as much as possible. At the same time, the specificity of activities of the intelligence compelled to show some episodes veiled, not to call all the cities and countries where the intelligence agent was to, and those who helped him to solve important and risky intelligence tasks. After all, the last name of the main character is slightly modified too…

The Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine: History and Nowadays / managing author O. V. Skrypnyk. – Kyiv: “ADEF-Ukraine”Publishing House, 2012. – 104 pages, illustrated.

The informative illustrated edition covers the history of the formation, main tasks, directions of activities, structure of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine (SZRU), its role and its place in the system of state power of Ukraine, as well as in the national security system. Some sections refer to the legal basis of activities, staffing and departmental education, contacts with foreign partners, the system of democratic civilian control, mass media and public relations, declassification of secret materials, special museum exhibits, care about the veterans and charity.

“The Essays of the Intelligence History for State Building Subjects on the Modern Ukrainian Area”/ ed. P.D.Morozov, Кyiv: Press of Ukraine, 2011, 536 pages, illustrated

In this book the development of theory and practice of intelligence of state building subjects in the fields of modern Ukraine since antiquity till the current times is investigated. The main attention in it is concentrated on showing mainly foreign intelligence experience – one of the most important segments of the state functioning. The authors did not aim to completely reproduce the historical past in different aspects of intelligence activities in chronological order, and fully conscious of factual material presented in the form of professionally-oriented essays.

- Oleksandr Skrypnyk, “The Intelligence Agents Born in Ukraine” – “Yaroslaviv Val” Publishing House, Kyiv, Ukraine, 2011

Information on Ukraine-born intelligence officers who reached weighty professional achievements and as well about those who established themselves as intelligence officers in units of the Ukrainian Foreign Intelligence is selected and systematized in this book for the first time ever. The names of many of them entered a cohort of outstanding intelligence agents of the world, and operations performed by them will for a long time boggle the imagination with the scale, gripping detective plots, a skirmish of wits, an ingenuity, psychological tension, risk and unexpected dramatic turns. The book contains about a hundred stories. All personalities are systematized in nearly a dozen sections, each of them is devoted either to a certain historical period, or a peculiar area of work of intelligence agents, or position which they held in hierarchy of the intelligence. While writing the book the author drew on memories, interviews, memoirs of veterans of intelligence and members of their families, documentary materials from the intelligence services archives, studies of historians and experts of the intelligence.

Chiefs of the Ukrainian Foreign Intelligence / managing panel: V. D. Homenko, O. V. Skrypnyk, I. M. Shydenko, I. V. Bilokon, V. O. Romanyuk; edited by G. O. Illyashov’s; book artist – I. Zhenchenko. – A second revised and expanded edition. – Kyiv.: “Yaroslaviv Val” Publishing House, 2011. – 173 pages: illustrated.

In this study you will find collected and systematized information on the chiefs of the Ukrainian Foreign Intelligence for the first time ever from times of creation and activity of national intelligence structures of 1917 – 1921 up to the present. The use of a large array of previously unknown archival materials and documentary sources gives the chance to reproduce information on those, who during the different historical periods were at the head of units of the foreign intelligence in Ukraine, were responsible for the special and specific activity of special services, made the contribution to the formation, development, strengthening of the foreign intelligence, growth of its authority.

Gennady Lobachov “Carpathians” Team”. – Odesa, “Astroprint” Publishing House, 2010. – 302 pages.

The group of a special purpose of KGB of the USSR “Carpathians” was created and sent to Afghanistan a few months after the official entry of the Soviet troops there. It was assumed, that owing to specifics of its training it had to play a crucial role in obtaining intelligence, planning and performance of special operations against armed groups in interaction with the Afghan intelligence services and the Soviet troops. And that role was played to the full. The author of the book – resigned colonel, veteran of the foreign intelligence since 1961 – held operational and senior positions at the KGB of the USSR, the first commander of “The Carpathians” team which from August, 1980 till January, 1981 actively participated in the special operations in Afghanistan.

Mykola Vavrynchuk, Volodymyr Shevchenko “The Legendary Intelligence Officer of Comandante Nicholas” – Khmelnytsky, JSC “Poligrafist-2”, 2010., – 271 pages.

The second edition of the book (the first edition entitled “A Man of Legend” was published in 2005) is devoted to the outstanding intelligence officer, Hero of the Soviet Union Mykola Arkhypovych Prokop’yuk. As a result of studying and adaptation of additional materials the chronological and consecutive story about this legendary figure’s life story and fighting is considerably expanded and enriched. During civil war in Spain he was sent as an assistant to the resident of the Soviet foreign intelligence in Barcelona. In 1940 – 1941 he worked with the residency of the Soviet Intelligence in Helsinki. During the Great Patriotic War he was thrown to the deep rear of the enemy at the head of reconnaissance and sabotage group which became a guerrilla force acted in the territories of Ukraine, Poland and Czechoslovakia. After war he was on long-term special mission assignments to China and Germany.

Anatoly Tereshchenko “Under the Pseudonym of Zorich”. – Sumy, JSC “Papirus” Trading House, 2010. – 302 pages.

The author of the book tells us about the main milestones of life and work with the security bodies of the outstanding Ukrainian intelligence officer Svyatohorov Olexander Panteleymonovich. During his work with the intelligence he changed seventeen pseudonyms. But only one became known – “major Zorich” under which he acted in 1944-1945 in Poland and Czechoslovakia, where he provided penetration into the Lublin Abwehr intelligence school, in consequence of which many Hitlerite agents were neutralized, and carried out some other successful operations. After war he worked through the foreign intelligence in Czechoslovakia and Germany. Relying on the memoirs and family archives provided to him by the intelligent officer’s son, the author extensively covers the different periods of O. Svyatohorov’s active work, especially during the Great Patriotic War, brightly showing the atmosphere of that hard time.

Oleksandr Skrypnyk “The Ukrainian Trace in the Intelligence”. – Kyiv, “Yaroslaviv Val” Publishing House, 2009. – 319 pages.

Heroes of semidocumentary book of sketches by Olexandr Skrypnyk “The Ukrainian Trace in the Intelligence” are people of unusual destiny and profession. They are intelligence officers. And what is more, all of them are united by the birthplace – Ukraine. Chamberlain of the Polish King, General of the French Army, saviors of Vienna from the Turkish siege and Krakiw from the total destruction by Hitler’s troops, prototypes of the main characters in “The Shield and the Sword “, “Salute, Maria!”, “Major ‘Whirlwind” movies, the artist of global renown and other characters of the book, – all of them at various times performed important intelligence tasks abroad and left a weightier mark on the intelligence. The author of the book is a journalist, a spokesman for the Chairman of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine. He knew personally some of the characters of this book. He also wrote other sketches on the basis of memoirs of veterans of intelligence, archival materials and certain little-known sources.

Alexandr Sharkov “My Life in Intelligence”. – Kyiv, “ADEF-Ukraine” Publishing House, 2009. – 254 pages.

The memoirs of the former Chief of the Main Department of Intelligence of the Security Service of Ukraine (1993 – 1995), retired Major-General of SBU O.Sharkov refers to the formation of domestic intelligence services, partially removing the veil of secrecy out from the rather resonant operations of Ukrainian intelligence officers. The author not only tells about secrets of professional skill, about his work in different positions at the units of the Ukrainian foreign intelligence, but also analyzes a role and a place of intelligence in the life of Ukraine as modern European state.

Valery Stepankov “Bogdan Veliky’s Intelligence and Counterintelligence” – Kamyanets-Podilsky, “Medobory” Publishing House, 2008. – 263 pages.

On the basis of the analysis of documents and scientific literature the author covers difficult process of formation and features of functioning of the Ukrainian intelligence and counterintelligence and their role in fight for independence of Ukraine during the highest rise of revolution of the XVII century when it was headed by Bogdan Khmelnytsky from 1648 till 1657. This book contains the summary and analysis a wealth of documentary materials, which opens the fascinating pages of the formation and activity of intelligence services of the young Ukrainian state, the achievement in the field of secret diplomacy got at the time of Bogdan Khmelnytsky, who attached great importance to the intelligence activity. In some cases he for himself accepted and sent envoys, gave them necessary instructions.

Vitaly Koynov “Without Marks on a Calendar” – Kyiv, LLC “Novy Druk”, 2008. – 407 pages.

The author of this book – retired Major-General of SBU – upon his graduation from Dnipropetrovsk University worked at Pivdenmash, served in Strategic Rocket Forces, studied at Officers Contingent Improvement Courses for the Officers of the KGB of the USSR (also taught at KUOS), twice as part of commands “Zenith” and “Carpathians” fought in Afghanistan, served at the intelligence service and undertook sensitive assignments abroad. After discharge into the reserves he worked in key positions in the government bodies of Ukraine.
In this book he tells about interesting and sometimes dramatic pages of his life in an interview with a journalist Gennady Korzh.

Ivan Bezsmertny “The Silhouettes of Intelligence”. Odesa, “Astroprint”Publishing House, 2007. – 262 pages.

The book was prepared on initiative and with assistance of the Fund of Foreign Intelligence Veterans and consists of interviews with the former Soviet intelligence officers living in Ukraine. Professional and life experience of these, once highly classified people, their memories of their activities, of heavy, often extreme situations such as those they have experienced, obtaining important information for their country, will be of interest not only to the specialists, but also to the general reader. This book discloses many events and facts, which are unveiled for the first time. The author of the book is a Ukrainian journalist Ivan Bezsmertny. For many years he explores the theme of intelligence, devoting a lot of materials to it while working at the newspapers “Molod Ukrajiny”, «News from Ukraine», « Kyivski Vidomosti “, “2000″.

M.P. Vavrynchuk, V. S. Shevchenko “A Man of Legend”. – Khmelnytsky, “Podillya”, 2005. – 127 pages.

The historical and biographic sketch tells about the native of Podillya, the former intelligence agent, the Hero of the Soviet Union Mykola Arkhypovych Prokop’yuk. In 20 – the 30th years of the last century he occupied various positions at the state security bodies in Khmelnychchyna, Kharkiv, Kyiv, including work at the Foreign Department. In 1937 – 1938 he was an assistant to the Soviet intelligence resident in Barcelona, at the same time performing duties both of adviser of republican troops and commander of international guerilla brigade. Before the beginning of the Great Patriotic War during two years he was on a reconnaissance mission in Finland, where in 1941 together with other Soviet diplomatic representatives was deported and afterwards exchanged for a group of Finnish diplomats. In the war-time M.Prokop’yuk was engaged in preparation of reconnaissance-diversionary groups and their sending to the enemy’s heartland, and for a long time he personally gave orders to those units, which successfully operated in the territories of Ukraine, Poland and Czechoslovakia. In 1944 he was to China with a special task. After war he worked in the German Democratic Republic for a few years, helping to create the bodies of state security. For the first time ever the authors of the book Podilsk writer V.Shevchenko and Major-General of SB of Ukraine M.Vavrynchuk on the basis of documentary materials told about the former secret service agent’s life and activity in detail.

M. Hrechka “Different Times, One Outcome”. – Kyiv, 2003. – 388 pages.

The author of this book Mykhailo Yakovich Hrechka was born in 1949 in Cherkashchyna. He has a degree in jurisprudence. For a long time M. Hrechka worked for the Foreign Intelligence and retired at the rank of colonel. He acted in a number of Asian and European countries, has a good command in German and Farsi. Currently M. Hrechka is engaged in geopolitics, he heads the scientifically philosophical center “Euro — Asia — the ІІІ Millennium”. The events represented in a work of fiction occur in the late seventies in the countries of Central Asia. One of the mysterious international organizations tries to detach one superpower from another in this region, pursuing its own mercenary interests. Hero of the book – the representative of intelligence service, who performs the sensitive task of national importance – appears in the thick of things. Owing to the special vocational training he manages to receive information of strategic importance on the becoming ripe plot against his own country.

G. Kovtun “The Philosophy of Intelligence”. – Kyiv, “Prezident” Publishing House, 2001. – 629 pages.

The collected volume of Doctor of Jurisprudence, retired Major-General, former Head of the Ukrainian Intelligence (1991 – 1992) contains statements about intelligence and counterintelligence from ancient times to the present day, as well as excerpts from the documents (in total over 2000 citations). The sources of this collection of statements were treatises, theorists of intelligence and intelligence historians, memoirs published at different times and in different countries, documents from the archives. Thus, the author-manager was guided by a desire to apply optimally the wide variety of opinions of intelligence officers, politicians, famous agents, researchers, writers and journalists.

V.S.Sidak “National Intelligence Services During the Ukrainian Revolution of 1917 – 1921 (unknown pages of history). – Kyiv., “Alternativy” Publishing House, 1998. – 320 pages.

This study refers to the creation and formation of intelligence and counterintelligence, other special services of national state formations of 1917 – 1920: The Central Council (also called the Tsentralna Rada), the Getmanate, the Directory of UNR, ZUNR and the State Center of UNR in exile. Involving the use of a large array of documentary published sources, memoirists and previously unknown archival materials gave the author a chance to reach the maximum objectivity when covering difficult historical events, to deliberately estimate achievements and errors of national special services of that time in struggle for the statehood of Ukraine.
The book is targeted at historians, lawyers, cadets and students of higher educational institutions, anyone interested in the history of Ukraine.

V.S.Sidak, V. S. Stepankov “From the History of the Ukrainian Intelligence and Counterintelligence” (sketches). – Kyiv., SB Institute of Ukraine, 1995. – 201 pages.

This book is the first attempt of complex studying of the beginnings and formation of Ukrainian intelligence and counterintelligence. Special services’ activity in 1648 – 1654 and in 1917 – 1920 became the subject of the authors’ research. At this particular time, the Ukrainian people liberating competitions reached the highest level of development and happened in the form of national revolutions. Despite difference of historical eras, they shared the main contents and the purpose of fight – formation of an independent state. Right in conditions of the revolutionary process the formation of intelligence services has occurred and they played an important role in protection of national interests of Ukraine. The uniformity of the circumstances of occurrence of special services and the most important tasks that they had to perform in those periods represent the logical core, that brings together the events of component parts of the book into one storyline.

V. Zavalishina, M. Smeshnov “He Was Called Zorich”. – Kyiv, Publishing House of Political Literature, 1965. – 96 p.

At the beginning of 1943 the state security bodies initiated the formation of operative and security groups consist of 5–10 persons who were dropped into the enemy’s rear to the bases of guerrilla groups and units. Those operations groups conducted intelligence and counterintelligence operations, recruited agents and infiltrated them into the military and administrative bodies of invaders. That way they acted even later, when the Soviet troops came nearer to the Eastern Europe countries’ borders. In 1944 some special task forces acted in the territories of Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary. Olexandr Panteleymonovych Svyatogorov, who has left a noticeable trace in the history of intelligence, was one of those special task forces participants, who at the final stage of Patriotic War acted against fascists in the territories of Poland and Slovakia. The documentary story tells about some operations in which he had participated personally.