Orlov Antiques

Orlov Antiques Orlov Antiques specializes in Soviet and Cold War memorabilia, European and American Items. Visit a building once owned by a Soviet Double Agent.

I am rarely open but occasionally some walks in who loves finding interesting creative eclectic items. Here is what she ...
08/04/2021

I am rarely open but occasionally some walks in who loves finding interesting creative eclectic items. Here is what she walked away with:

This pictures in this article show there is incredible beauty in stark desolate landscapes where communities are struggl...
11/23/2020
Along Russia’s ‘Road of Bones,’ Relics of Suffering and Despair

This pictures in this article show there is incredible beauty in stark desolate landscapes where communities are struggling to survive in harsh conditions. The area along the Road of Bones was made famous by the Gulag.

The Kolyma Highway in the Russian Far East once delivered tens of thousands of prisoners to the work camps of Stalin’s gulag. The ruins of that cruel era are still visible today.

“Doctors say they are hampered not just by a lack of equipment and protective gear but also by a rigid, top-down governi...
05/17/2020
As Coronavirus Overruns Russia, Doctors Are Dying on the Front Lines

“Doctors say they are hampered not just by a lack of equipment and protective gear but also by a rigid, top-down governing system that discourages initiative and independent thinking. Medical workers who have spoken out have faced pressure from the authorities; three doctors who tangled with their superiors over working conditions fell from windows in recent weeks, though even the Alliance of Doctors, a medical-worker activist group highly critical of the government response, has described those as possible stress-related suicides, not homicides.”

Facing dire shortages of protective gear and amid fears that the worst is yet to come, more than 180 medical workers are reported to have fallen victim so far and thousands have been infected.

Be careful what you look for in Russia. This researcher, Yuri Dimitriev, has been jailed and accused of pe******ia becau...
04/27/2020
He Found One of Stalin’s Mass Graves. Now He’s in Jail.

Be careful what you look for in Russia. This researcher, Yuri Dimitriev, has been jailed and accused of pe******ia because of his discovery of mass graves of Stalins Victims in Siberia.

The discovery by Yuri Dmitriev, after years of searching, “has clearly made some people very uncomfortable,” his daughter says.

“Turgenev was so out of step with some of the conventions of his own country that “he never drank vodka and always prefe...
03/14/2019
Turgenev Dissed Russia but Is Still Lionized as Literary Star by Touchy Kremlin

“Turgenev was so out of step with some of the conventions of his own country that “he never drank vodka and always preferred wine,” said Ms. Levina, the estate director.

But still, she added: “He was an extraordinary Russian writer. That is all that really matters.”

The Russian government celebrates the writer Ivan Turgenev even though it scorns many of his negative views of his homeland and his embrace of Western, liberal values.

Looks like censorship could be taken to a new level in Russia, making criticism of the government illegal.
03/09/2019
Russia bans 'disrespect' of government

Looks like censorship could be taken to a new level in Russia, making criticism of the government illegal.

Those found guilty of "blatant disrespect" or spreading so-called fake news will face fines or even jail.

Charles McCarry said that his 9 years as an undercover agent were often mundane, but he witnessed incredible moments lik...
03/07/2019
Charles McCarry, 88, Spy Turned Master Spy Novelist, Is Dead

Charles McCarry said that his 9 years as an undercover agent were often mundane, but he witnessed incredible moments like the erecting of the Berlin Wall and turned those experiences into imaginative spy fiction. Well done.

What Mr. McCarry learned as a Cold War C.I.A. operative served him well as a writer. His fiction was compared to John le Carré’s.

Just purchased an amazing collection of old newspapers. It is pretty incredible to see the actual headlines of history b...
03/07/2019

Just purchased an amazing collection of old newspapers. It is pretty incredible to see the actual headlines of history being made.

February 27th is the anniversary of Boris Nemtsov’s murder near the Kremlin.
03/01/2019
Boris Nemtsov: A Life And Death In Pictures

February 27th is the anniversary of Boris Nemtsov’s murder near the Kremlin.

Boris Nemtsov was shot dead on the night of February 27, 2015, on a bridge near the Kremlin. He was 55 years old. A liberal politician who became one of Russian President Vladimir Putin's most prominent opponents, Nemtsov became a symbol of the struggle for democracy in Russia.

Remember the Rosenbergs? They really were spies, although probably  executed in the Cold War fever taking hold at that t...
02/24/2019
Morton Sobell, Last Defendant in Rosenberg Spy Case, Is Dead at 101

Remember the Rosenbergs? They really were spies, although probably executed in the Cold War fever taking hold at that time. Sobell, one of the other defendants was latter released and professed his innocence until 2008, so people can keep secrets for a long time. He not only betrayed his country but supporters around the world who believed him and his betrayal could of led to Soviet aggression in Korea.

Convicted in the Cold War spy trial that delivered Julius and Ethel Rosenberg to their deaths and divided the nation, he later admitted that he had been a spy.

Yeltsin gave us Russian Democracy laced with corruption, which gave us oligarchs, which gave us Putin. But the more he i...
02/09/2019
A Sparkling Shrine to a Reviled Russian Leader

Yeltsin gave us Russian Democracy laced with corruption, which gave us oligarchs, which gave us Putin. But the more he is attacked the more people go to visit this museum of manipulated memory.

Boris Yeltsin is widely held responsible in Russia for destroying the Soviet Union. A new museum seeks to counter that image — and subtly rebuke President Vladimir V. Putin.

There is always a great spy story waiting to be told. This one was a secret for 20 years but was told in the NYTimes in ...
01/27/2019
Tony Mendez, 78, Dies; C.I.A. Officer Celebrated in the Film ‘Argo’

There is always a great spy story waiting to be told. This one was a secret for 20 years but was told in the NYTimes in 1998. In numerous books, and now sadly, in this obituary.

Mr. Mendez orchestrated one of the most audacious covert operations in the agency’s history: the rescue of six American diplomats from Iran in 1980.

Are you about to be compromised? Need help with your visa, citizenship, that arrest for protesting Putin? Then you might...
09/15/2018
The Kremlin Wants Information. To Get It, Agents Show Up With Flowers.

Are you about to be compromised? Need help with your visa, citizenship, that arrest for protesting Putin? Then you might get a knocker, or “Stukachi” who offers to help...as long as you give them what they want, on a weekly basis.

It took a while for a young woman to figure out that the smiling man who asked her for coffee was trying to recruit her as an informer.

Do you sometimes hear mysterious sounds or voices you can’t account for? Maybe they are Microwaves! Looks like Cuba coul...
09/05/2018
Microwave Weapons Are Prime Suspect in Ills of U.S. Embassy Workers

Do you sometimes hear mysterious sounds or voices you can’t account for? Maybe they are Microwaves! Looks like Cuba could of used some Russian technology not long after Donald Trump’s election. Coincidence, I think not, now that they have their “Siberian Candidate” in the White House.

Doctors and scientists say microwave strikes may have caused sonic delusions and very real brain damage among embassy staff and family members.

While some are enjoying the World Cup, others are on a hunger strike to release prisoners from the 4 year old conflict b...
06/18/2018
Hunger Strike Creates Unwanted Backdrop for Russia During World Cup

While some are enjoying the World Cup, others are on a hunger strike to release prisoners from the 4 year old conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

A praised Ukrainian film director imprisoned in Russia has been turning down food for a month, attracting international support.

05/27/2018

Always fun to have someone stop by because they see Russian stuff in the Window. Always feel free to knock on my door if you are interested in my collection, or want to hear the incredible mysterious story of Igor Orlov, double agent.

Spies and espionage are clearly still among us and there are many secrets below the surface. Clearly the Cold War is not...
05/25/2018
Yulia Skripal delivered a coded message and it spoke volumes | Angus Roxburgh

Spies and espionage are clearly still among us and there are many secrets below the surface. Clearly the Cold War is not dead, but just went quiet till the Kremlin became controlled by former FSB agent Putin, who only knows threats and intimidation while lining his own pockets and those of the oligarchy.

Russia is the likely perpetrator of the Salisbury poisoning. But ratcheting up the pressure is not the way forward, says author Angus Roxburgh

It is a dark winter in Russia: "Muscovites have any number of reasons to be depressed: a stagnant economy, horrendous tr...
01/19/2018
Moscow Got 6 Minutes of Sunlight in December

It is a dark winter in Russia: "Muscovites have any number of reasons to be depressed: a stagnant economy, horrendous traffic and, for some, the prospect that Vladimir V. Putin will soon win another six-year term as president."

One internet user called the dark days in the Russian capital “Hillary’s revenge.”

"Mr. Rohrabacher, like an extra in a spy thriller, just keeps showing up — if not quite at the scene of the action, then...
11/23/2017
He’s a Member of Congress. The Kremlin Likes Him So Much It Gave Him a Code Name.

"Mr. Rohrabacher, like an extra in a spy thriller, just keeps showing up — if not quite at the scene of the action, then just off camera." He’s a Member of Congress. The Kremlin Likes Him So Much It Gave Him a Code Name.

Longtime ties to Russia have led to some suggestions that Dana Rohrabacher, Republican of California, is a valued asset there. He has laughed it off, but now investigators are calling.

The Communist Party’s Party People: an incredible tale it's a stellar cast of characters, including spies!
11/16/2017
Opinion | The Communist Party’s Party People

The Communist Party’s Party People: an incredible tale it's a stellar cast of characters, including spies!

The cautionary tale of the “Red-Handed Heiress” and how Communists were betrayed by history in 1945.

"... the Russian Embassy in Washington would not put security in the hands of an American company known to have ties to ...
11/16/2017
U.S. Hires Company With K.G.B. Link to Guard Moscow Embassy

"... the Russian Embassy in Washington would not put security in the hands of an American company known to have ties to the C.I.A." Budanov has close ties to Putin and a long history of trying to infiltrate the West.

A firm with ties to President Vladimir V. Putin’s former boss in the Russian spy service has been employed to protect American diplomatic missions.

Imagine being arrested in the United States for organizing protests or public assemblies, but that is what happens in Ru...
10/24/2017
Putin Critic Navalny, Freed From Jail, Resumes Presidential Campaign

Imagine being arrested in the United States for organizing protests or public assemblies, but that is what happens in Russia especially if you are a vocal critic of Vladimir Putin.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny held a political rally on Sunday, hours after being released from jail and pledged to continue his presidential campaign despite the authorities saying he is ineligible to stand.

She is running against that "Horrible masculine ego". Is she talking about Putin or Navalny, the true opposition leader.
10/24/2017
Russian Opposition Divided Over TV Host's Presidential Bid

She is running against that "Horrible masculine ego". Is she talking about Putin or Navalny, the true opposition leader.

A presidential bid by a celebrity Russian TV host drew conflicting reactions from the country's beleaguered opposition Thursday, with some accusing her of playing into the Kremlin's hands and others welcoming her move.

Russian Socialite Enters Race to Challenge President Putin but is she for real or a Russian stooge being used by the Kre...
10/24/2017
Russian Socialite Enters Race to Challenge President Putin

Russian Socialite Enters Race to Challenge President Putin but is she for real or a Russian stooge being used by the Kremlin to give legitimacy to Presidential contest.

Ksenia Sobchak, a TV journalist who has long paraded her glamorous life on social media, says she will be the voice of Russians without one.

Trump was asked to revoke the Magnitsky Act, instead he has not enforced or implemented it, and now he has revoked Bill ...
10/23/2017
State Department Reportedly Revokes Visa Of Magnitsky Act Campaigner

Trump was asked to revoke the Magnitsky Act, instead he has not enforced or implemented it, and now he has revoked Bill Browder's visa, seemingly fulfilling the wishes of his chief patron: Putin.

Bill Browder lobbied Congress for passage of the 2012 law that targets Russian officials close to Vladimir Putin who are thought to be responsible for the prison death of attorney Sergei Magnitsky.

Since I know people are always interested in intriguing stories, especially a story that might remind some of Lenin's tr...
09/19/2017
Ex-Leader, Now a Man Without a Country, Surfaces in Ukraine

Since I know people are always interested in intriguing stories, especially a story that might remind some of Lenin's triumphant return to Russia on a train from Helsinki, Finland here is a story about an opposition leader and anti-corruption crusader returning to Ukraine:

Mikheil Saakashvili, a former president of Georgia who is stripped of citizenship there and in Ukraine, is an exceptional position: He’s a stateless ex-head of state.

Are you interested in the intrigue of the "new Cold War" between the US and Russia? Look what happened when we close con...
09/04/2017
Where There’s Smoke, There’s a Conspiracy Theory at a Russian Consulate

Are you interested in the intrigue of the "new Cold War" between the US and Russia? Look what happened when we close consulates! Where there is smoke surely there is fire and something to hide...

Just what the Russians had set afire at their consulate in San Francisco, a day after the State Department ordered it shuttered, remains a burning question.

This small article on page A20 of the Sept 1 issue of The NY Times caught my attention. Is it illegal to recruit for the...
09/03/2017
Principal in Park Slope is Cleared of Communist Organizing

This small article on page A20 of the Sept 1 issue of The NY Times caught my attention. Is it illegal to recruit for the Communist Party? Did they ask her if she was or ever had been a communist? Trump's old friend Roy Cohn would be very proud of this new America led by Trump.

Jill Bloomberg, the principal of Park Slope Collegiate, had been an outspoken critic of racial segregation in city schools.

I had never heard of Oleg Vidov, but like many Soviet artists and writers he defected to the US, when his career was sty...
05/17/2017
Oleg Vidov, the ‘Soviet Robert Redford,’ Dies at 73

I had never heard of Oleg Vidov, but like many Soviet artists and writers he defected to the US, when his career was stymied in the USSR. I would love to have an old movie poster from the Soviet era with his chiseled chin on it!

Mr. Vidov, who starred in several popular films in the Soviet Union before orchestrating an escape to the U.S., went on to have a long Hollywood career.

Trump once said it is better to be an asset of Russia, not realizing that the definition of "asset" in US-Russian histor...
04/17/2017
FBI documents detail how the Russians try to recruit spies

Trump once said it is better to be an asset of Russia, not realizing that the definition of "asset" in US-Russian history, means being a spy. Carter Page is the latest Trump associate to be investigated for possibly being a foreign agent for Russia. Here is how he was recruited.

It is a scene ripped from Hollywood spy thrillers: Russian agents living and working among everyday, American citizens as cover for their true mission of stealing state secrets.

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