My side project- scienceofthekgb:
Re: Women in the KGB
It seems female agents were frowned upon, were they seen as a liability due to stereotypes, such as emotional weakness?
xKGB: Absolutely. But you’ve read about Maria Mikota - she probably saved Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill - if Germans killed them in Tehran, God knows how history would change from there.
How many female KGB officers did you work with?
xKGB: I had altogether around 100 agents, only 5 were women.There’s one very sensitive point with women agents - when they transfer the officer to other offices, other cites, he has to introduce the agents to his successor. I had 3 cases when women refused to work with other officers.
They got attached?
xKGB: (smiles) Of course.
xKGB: Well… (straight face) Yes.