History Main / FormerRegimePersonnel

5th Oct '15 1:33:50 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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When a large autocracy, particularly one with a major military force, changes government, you will find a lot of highly-trained people out of a job.
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When a large autocracy, particularly one with a major military force, changes to a more liberal and pacifist style of government, you will find a lot of highly-trained people out of a job.
26th Aug '15 11:19:20 PM Cinereous
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* A number of former Soviet soldiers now run training seminars dedicated to self-defense and firearms instruction in America and Canada. Two of the most well-known examples are Saulius "Sonny" Puzikas and Maxim Franz. They appeared on the "Green Berets vs. Spetsnaz" episode of ''Series/DeadliestWarrior.'' More infamously, Sonny is [[NeverLiveItDown also known]] for an incident where he negligently shot a fellow instructor during a training course in 2012. Fortunately, the instructor survived. [[labelnote:*]]Witness reports afterward stated that the incident took place in a "shoot house" at night where he was not aware someone else was in the building at the same time he was doing his runthrough.[[/labelnote]]
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* A number of former Soviet soldiers now run training seminars dedicated to self-defense and firearms instruction in America and Canada. Two of the most well-known examples are Saulius "Sonny" Puzikas and Maxim Franz. They appeared on the "Green Berets vs. Spetsnaz" episode of ''Series/DeadliestWarrior.'' More infamously, Sonny is [[NeverLiveItDown also known]] for an incident where he negligently shot a fellow instructor during a training course in 2012. Fortunately, the instructor survived. [[labelnote:*]]Witness reports afterward stated that the incident took place in a "shoot house" at night where he was not aware someone else was in the building at the same time he was doing his runthrough.[[/labelnote]][[/labelnote]] Another prominent former USSR soldier who runs similar training seminars is [[https://www.russianmartialart.com/founders.php Vladimir Vasiliev]], who moved to Canada in 1993 and now resides in Toronto.
9th Aug '15 6:27:13 AM Odacon_Spy
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The former USSR and South Africa are good sources for them. Many members of TheMafiya may be ex-Soviet military or ex-KGB, as many were let go without a pension. Note that before TheGreatPoliticsMessUp, it was kinda taboo among TheMafiya to accept ex-military or ex-KGB people, but during the Nineties it all broke.
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The former USSR [[RenegadeRussian USSR]] and [[AmoralAfrikaner South Africa Africa]] are good sources for them. Many members of TheMafiya may be ex-Soviet military or ex-KGB, as many were let go without a pension. Note that before TheGreatPoliticsMessUp, it was kinda taboo among TheMafiya to accept ex-military or ex-KGB people, but during the Nineties it all broke.
7th Jun '15 9:33:45 AM MadCat221
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]] * In ''Franchise/BattleTech'', some of the more prestigious mercenary companies are descendants of elite Star League regiments before the League's collapse, and can typically be counted on to be on better behavior than is (stereo?)typically expected of mercenaries. [[/folder]]
20th Apr '15 9:09:43 PM jormis29
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* The ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series features many examples, as the emotional motivations of soldiers is one of the series' main motifs, with many of the series' villains categorizing soldiers as people who need war, basically deducing that were there to be World Peace, people like them would create conflict just to have a purpose. Sergei Gurlukovich and Revolver Ocelot are both ex-Spetznaz, and Big Boss himself temporarily becomes a mercenary for hire after leaving the United States in Peace Walker. One heroic example, however, is Boris Popov in ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', the head of Maverick Security and a former solder during the SovietInvasionOfAfghanistan.
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* The ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series features many examples, as the emotional motivations of soldiers is one of the series' main motifs, with many of the series' villains categorizing soldiers as people who need war, basically deducing that were there to be World Peace, people like them would create conflict just to have a purpose. Sergei Gurlukovich and Revolver Ocelot are both ex-Spetznaz, and Big Boss himself temporarily becomes a mercenary for hire after leaving the United States in Peace Walker. One heroic example, however, is Boris Popov in ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', the head of Maverick Security and a former solder during the SovietInvasionOfAfghanistan.UsefulNotes/SovietInvasionOfAfghanistan.
22nd Feb '15 5:34:52 AM erforce
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* [[spoiler:Simon and Chief Chef of Russian Sushi]] in ''VisualNovel/{{Durarara}}'' were both part of the KGB before the Soviet Union fell, after which they joined TheMafiya together. As of now, they're both hiding from the organization in Japan and one of them has become a major [[TheAtoner Atoner]].

* [[spoiler:Simon and Chief Chef of Russian Sushi]] in ''{{Durarara}}'' were both part of the KGB before the Soviet Union fell, after which they joined TheMafiya together. As of now, they're both hiding from the organization in Japan and one of them has become a major [[TheAtoner Atoner]]. * Many characters in RurouniKenshin are former members of the Imperial or Shogunate forces, including Kenshin himself. Many of them have become criminals or swords-for-hire.
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* [[spoiler:Simon and Chief Chef of Russian Sushi]] in ''{{Durarara}}'' were both part of the KGB before the Soviet Union fell, after which they joined TheMafiya together. As of now, they're both hiding from the organization in Japan and one of them has become a major [[TheAtoner Atoner]]. * Many characters in RurouniKenshin ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' are former members of the Imperial or Shogunate forces, including Kenshin himself. Many of them have become criminals or swords-for-hire.

* Leonardo [=DiCaprio=]'s character in ''BloodDiamond'' is a former Rhodesian mercenary turned diamond smuggler.
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* Leonardo [=DiCaprio=]'s character in ''BloodDiamond'' ''Film/BloodDiamond'' is a former Rhodesian mercenary turned diamond smuggler.

* Xenia Onatopp in ''Film/GoldenEye''. * ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'' * ''The Pigs'' (a Polish film about former officers of the Polish SecretPolice and their work as proper policemen in the independent, democratic Poland).
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* Xenia Onatopp in ''Film/GoldenEye''. * %%* ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'' * ''The Pigs'' (a Polish film about former officers of the Polish SecretPolice and their work as proper policemen %%* Xenia Onatopp in the independent, democratic Poland).''Film/GoldenEye''.

* Yuri's uncle in ''Film/LordOfWar'' * Most of the characters in ''Film/{{Ronin}}'' are former spies and soldiers who were turfed out after the UsefulNotes/ColdWar ended. They're explicitly compared to the ''{{ronin}}'' of Japanese history: master-less samurai, stripped of honor, WalkingTheEarth and working for money as bandits, mercenaries or bodyguards. [[spoiler: Though one of the major characters never left their organization, playing TheMole in so they could neutralize the guy who hired the mercenaries.]]

* %%* Yuri's uncle in ''Film/LordOfWar'' * Featured in ''The Pigs'', a Polish film about former officers of the Polish SecretPolice and their work as proper policemen in the independent, democratic Poland. * Most of the characters in ''Film/{{Ronin}}'' are former spies and soldiers who were turfed out after the UsefulNotes/ColdWar ended. They're explicitly compared to the ''{{ronin}}'' of Japanese history: master-less samurai, stripped of honor, WalkingTheEarth and working for money as bandits, mercenaries or bodyguards. [[spoiler: Though one of the major characters never left their organization, playing TheMole in so they could neutralize the guy who hired the mercenaries.]]

* Yuri's uncle One small part of ''[[Literature/{{Daemon}} Freedom]]'' gives us the viewpoint of a mercenary who used to serve in ''Film/LordOfWar'' the regime of Romanian Communist leader Nicolae Ceaușescu. * Most In the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' novels, the fall of the characters in ''Film/{{Ronin}}'' are former spies [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny People's Republic of Haven]] and soldiers who were turfed out after the UsefulNotes/ColdWar ended. They're explicitly compared to the ''{{ronin}}'' of Japanese history: master-less samurai, stripped of honor, WalkingTheEarth and working for money as bandits, mercenaries or bodyguards. [[spoiler: Though one restoration of the major characters never left their organization, playing TheMole in so they could neutralize old Republic put StateSec's private navy out of a job. Those who weren't hunted down by the guy who hired Navy fled the mercenaries.]]Republic, and typically turned pirate. Two were destroyed by ''HMS Hexapuma'' in ''Shadow of Saganami''. [[spoiler:Most were eventually rounded up into the [[TheRemnant People's Navy in Exile]], which was effectively a mercenary organization employed by Manpower Incorporated. They launched an attack on Torch, only to be stopped by a Commodore Roszak of the Maya Sector.]] * Popov from ''Literature/RainbowSix'' is Ex-KGB now renting his services to stage terrorist incidents (originally just as security consultant).

* Popov from ''Literature/RainbowSix'' is Ex-KGB now renting his services to stage terrorist incidents (originally just as security consultant).

* In the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' novels, the fall of the [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny People's Republic of Haven]] and the restoration of the old Republic put StateSec's private navy out of a job. Those who weren't hunted down by the Navy fled the Republic, and typically turned pirate. Two were destroyed by ''HMS Hexapuma'' in ''Shadow of Saganami''. [[spoiler:Most were eventually rounded up into the [[TheRemnant People's Navy in Exile]], which was effectively a mercenary organization employed by Manpower Incorporated. They launched an attack on Torch, only to be stopped by a Commodore Roszak of the Maya Sector.]] * One small part of ''[[Literature/{{Daemon}} Freedom]]'' gives us the viewpoint of a mercenary who used to serve in the regime of Romanian Communist leader Nicolae Ceaușescu.

* ''MacGyver'' tackles multiple intelligence agencies during the series- once, he gets involved in a case of former-East German intelligence operatives trying to locate and retrieve their smuggled, stolen gold from the States. * Some are seen in the [[RuthlessForeignGangsters East European mob]] in Series/TheSopranos. * ''Series/{{Nikita}}'': when first introduced, the Gogol organization likes to portray itself as a Russian version of Division. But Nikita knows that they are actually former Soviet intelligence officers who went into business for themselves and are mostly mercenaries. * A good deal of ex-KGB personnel turn up in ''Series/BurnNotice''. Sometimes these are employed by [[TheNewRussia Russian intelligence]], sometimes [[TheMafiya they]] [[PrivateMilitaryContractors are not]].

* ''MacGyver'' A good deal of ex-KGB personnel turn up in ''Series/BurnNotice''. Sometimes these are employed by [[TheNewRussia Russian intelligence]], sometimes [[TheMafiya they]] [[PrivateMilitaryContractors are not]]. * ''Series/MacGyver'' tackles multiple intelligence agencies during the series- once, he gets involved in a case of former-East German intelligence operatives trying to locate and retrieve their smuggled, stolen gold from the States. * Some are seen in the [[RuthlessForeignGangsters East European mob]] in Series/TheSopranos. * ''Series/{{Nikita}}'': when When first introduced, the Gogol organization in ''Series/{{Nikita}}'' likes to portray itself as a Russian version of Division. But Nikita knows that they are actually former Soviet intelligence officers who went into business for themselves and are mostly mercenaries. * A good deal of ex-KGB personnel turn up in ''Series/BurnNotice''. Sometimes these Some are employed by [[TheNewRussia Russian intelligence]], sometimes [[TheMafiya they]] [[PrivateMilitaryContractors are not]].seen among the [[RuthlessForeignGangsters East European mob]] in ''Series/TheSopranos''.

* ''JaggedAlliance'': After the fall of the Soviet Union, Ivan Dolvich joined up with A.I.M, and became a mercenary for hire. * A plot point in ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' - After the militaristic Cardassian government fell, a huge number of the former spies were now unemployed and out of power, which they weren't too happy with. Gul Madred, a recurring character from the TV series, hires many of them into the mining league, which helps to restart the planet's economy. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, the mining league is a cover for the "True Way" terrorist group, which wants to re-institute the fascist, authoritarian powers of the past. A number of missions deal with fighting back this group, and eventually capturing Gul Madred.]] * In the ''AceCombat'' series, a ''lot'' of Belkan officers and military personnel emigrated to other countries after their defeat in the Belkan War and an aggressive demilitarization of Belka by the Allies. Notable examples: Ashley Bernitz (BonusBoss in ''Zero'' mission 10) leads the Osean Grabacr Squadron in ''[=AC5=]''; ditto Michael Heimeroth for Yuktobanian Ofnir Squadron; Wolfgang "Huckebein the Raven" Buchner [[spoiler:a.k.a. Peter N. "Pops" Beagle]] became mechanic in Osea (though he defected before the war ended); it has been speculated that [[http://acecombat.wikia.com/wiki/Erich_Klinsmann Erich Klinsmann]] (from the same mission) is actually Yellow 13 from ''[=AC04=]'' and Axel Reichert (mission 5) is Scarface One from ''[=AC2=]''; Lorenz Riedel (mission boss in mission 17, Soldier path) designed the Estovakian {{Airborne Aircraft Carrier}}s in ''[=AC6=]''; also, it's safe to assume that Belkan emigrants developed the Osean ''Arkbird'' laser, based on Excalibur, and the Yuktobanian ''Scinfaxi''-class submarines in ''[=AC5=]''. The Belkan War is one of the two seminal events of ''AC'' world history, along with the [[DeathFromAbove Ulysses meteorite]]. * The mercenary companies available for hire in ''{{Starcraft}} II: Wings of Liberty'' include several elite forces from the defeated Terran Confederacy, one from the defeated United Earth Directorate invasion force, and one that went rogue from the ''current'' (but threatened) iron-fisted dictatorship, the Dominion. The rest are typical thugs, pirates and adventure capitalists. * ColonelBadass Sergei Vladimir is a former Red Army colonel who serves as DragonInChief to Ozwell E. Spencer, and as the ''de facto'' BigBad of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilTheUmbrellaChronicles''. He is distinguished by his UndyingLoyalty to Spencer, who gave him a place after the fall of the U.S.S.R.
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* ''JaggedAlliance'': After the fall of the Soviet Union, Ivan Dolvich joined up with A.I.M, and became a mercenary for hire. * A plot point in ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' - After the militaristic Cardassian government fell, a huge number of the former spies were now unemployed and out of power, which they weren't too happy with. Gul Madred, a recurring character from the TV series, hires many of them into the mining league, which helps to restart the planet's economy. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, the mining league is a cover for the "True Way" terrorist group, which wants to re-institute the fascist, authoritarian powers of the past. A number of missions deal with fighting back this group, and eventually capturing Gul Madred.]] * In the ''AceCombat'' ''VideoGame/AceCombat'' series, a ''lot'' of Belkan officers and military personnel emigrated to other countries after their defeat in the Belkan War and an aggressive demilitarization of Belka by the Allies. Notable examples: Ashley Bernitz (BonusBoss in ''Zero'' ''[[VideoGame/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar Zero]]'' mission 10) leads the Osean Grabacr Squadron in ''[=AC5=]''; ''[[VideoGame/AceCombat5TheUnsungWar AC5]]''; ditto Michael Heimeroth for Yuktobanian Ofnir Squadron; Wolfgang "Huckebein the Raven" Buchner [[spoiler:a.k.a. Peter N. "Pops" Beagle]] became mechanic in Osea (though he defected before the war ended); it has been speculated that [[http://acecombat.wikia.com/wiki/Erich_Klinsmann Erich Klinsmann]] (from the same mission) is actually Yellow 13 from ''[=AC04=]'' ''[[VideoGame/AceCombat04ShatteredSkies AC04]]'' and Axel Reichert (mission 5) is Scarface One from ''[=AC2=]''; ''[[VideoGame/AceCombat2 AC2]]''; Lorenz Riedel (mission boss in mission 17, Soldier path) designed the Estovakian {{Airborne Aircraft Carrier}}s in ''[=AC6=]''; ''[[VideoGame/AceCombat6FiresOfLiberation AC6]]''; also, it's safe to assume that Belkan emigrants developed the Osean ''Arkbird'' laser, based on Excalibur, and the Yuktobanian ''Scinfaxi''-class submarines in ''[=AC5=]''.''[[VideoGame/AceCombat5TheUnsungWar AC5]]''. The Belkan War is one of the two seminal events of ''AC'' world history, along with the [[DeathFromAbove Ulysses meteorite]]. * The ''VideoGame/JaggedAlliance'': After the fall of the Soviet Union, Ivan Dolvich joined up with A.I.M, and became a mercenary companies available for hire. * The ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series features many examples, as the emotional motivations of soldiers is one of the series' main motifs, with many of the series' villains categorizing soldiers as people who need war, basically deducing that were there to be World Peace, people like them would create conflict just to have a purpose. Sergei Gurlukovich and Revolver Ocelot are both ex-Spetznaz, and Big Boss himself temporarily becomes a mercenary for hire in ''{{Starcraft}} II: Wings of Liberty'' include several elite forces from after leaving the defeated Terran Confederacy, one from the defeated United Earth Directorate invasion force, States in Peace Walker. One heroic example, however, is Boris Popov in ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', the head of Maverick Security and one that went rogue from a former solder during the ''current'' (but threatened) iron-fisted dictatorship, the Dominion. The rest are typical thugs, pirates and adventure capitalists. SovietInvasionOfAfghanistan. * ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' ** ColonelBadass Sergei Vladimir is a former Red Army colonel who serves as DragonInChief to Ozwell E. Spencer, and as the ''de facto'' BigBad of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilTheUmbrellaChronicles''. He is distinguished by his UndyingLoyalty to Spencer, who gave him a place after the fall of the U.S.S.R.

* The VideoGame/MetalGearSolid series loves this trope, as the emotional motivations of soldiers is one of the series' main motifs, with many of the series' villains categorizing soldiers as people who need war, basically deducing that were there to be World Peace, people like them would create conflict just to have a purpose. Sergei Gurlukovich and Revolver Ocelot are both ex-Spetznaz, and Big Boss himself temporarily becomes a mercenary for hire after leaving the United States in Peace Walker. One heroic example, however, is Boris Popov in Revengeance, the head of Maverick Security and a former solder during the SovietInvasionOfAfghanistan.
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* The VideoGame/MetalGearSolid series loves this trope, as A plot point in ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' - After the emotional motivations of soldiers is one militaristic Cardassian government fell, a huge number of the series' main motifs, with former spies were now unemployed and out of power, which they weren't too happy with. Gul Madred, a recurring character from the TV series, hires many of the series' villains categorizing soldiers as people who need war, basically deducing that were there to be World Peace, people like them would create conflict just into the mining league, which helps to have restart the planet's economy. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, the mining league is a purpose. Sergei Gurlukovich cover for the "True Way" terrorist group, which wants to re-institute the fascist, authoritarian powers of the past. A number of missions deal with fighting back this group, and Revolver Ocelot are both ex-Spetznaz, and Big Boss himself temporarily becomes a eventually capturing Gul Madred.]] * The mercenary companies available for hire after leaving in ''VideoGame/StarcraftIIWingsOfLiberty'' include several elite forces from the defeated Terran Confederacy, one from the defeated United States in Peace Walker. One heroic example, however, is Boris Popov in Revengeance, Earth Directorate invasion force, and one that went rogue from the head of Maverick Security ''current'' (but threatened) iron-fisted dictatorship, the Dominion. The rest are typical thugs, pirates and a former solder during the SovietInvasionOfAfghanistan.adventure capitalists.
31st Oct '14 1:08:31 PM LongLiveHumour
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* Most of the characters in ''Film/{{Ronin}}'' are former spies and soldiers who were turfed out after the ColdWar ended. They're explicitly compared to the ''{{ronin}}'' of Japanese history: master-less samurai, stripped of honor, WalkingTheEarth and working for money as bandits, mercenaries or bodyguards. [[spoiler: Though one of the major characters never left their organization, playing TheMole in so they could neutralize the guy who hired the mercenaries.]]
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* Most of the characters in ''Film/{{Ronin}}'' are former spies and soldiers who were turfed out after the ColdWar UsefulNotes/ColdWar ended. They're explicitly compared to the ''{{ronin}}'' of Japanese history: master-less samurai, stripped of honor, WalkingTheEarth and working for money as bandits, mercenaries or bodyguards. [[spoiler: Though one of the major characters never left their organization, playing TheMole in so they could neutralize the guy who hired the mercenaries.]]

** Happened again after WWII, with the added distastefulness of lots of Nazis finding work with their former enemies. Gestapo personnel, German scientists, and other potential assets were recruited by both sides in the ColdWar, and Nazi soldiers worked throughout Europe as anti-communist activists (with varying levels of violence and government support). A fair number also made their way to other places with communist threats, and one (Special Operations chief [[ColonelBadass Colonel]] Otto Skorzeny) trained various [[ArabIsraeliConflict Arab]] armies for a while (they eventually ditched him in favor of Soviets, and then Americans in the case of post-Camp David Egypt).
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** Happened again after WWII, with the added distastefulness of lots of Nazis finding work with their former enemies. Gestapo personnel, German scientists, and other potential assets were recruited by both sides in the ColdWar, UsefulNotes/ColdWar, and Nazi soldiers worked throughout Europe as anti-communist activists (with varying levels of violence and government support). A fair number also made their way to other places with communist threats, and one (Special Operations chief [[ColonelBadass Colonel]] Otto Skorzeny) trained various [[ArabIsraeliConflict [[UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict Arab]] armies for a while (they eventually ditched him in favor of Soviets, and then Americans in the case of post-Camp David Egypt).
23rd Oct '14 6:57:53 AM nielas
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* This becomes a problem in season 2 of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD''. With the dissolution of [[spoiler: S.H.I.E.L.D.]] a large number of highly trained people are out of work and seeking new opportunities. Most went into the private sector or were hired by various US government agencies. Some went underground like [[spoiler: Team Coulsen]] in order to continue with their mission. However, many took whatever intelligence and/or secret technology they had and sold it to the highest bidder. In the worst cases, some were recruited willingly or unwillingly by [[spoiler: HYDRA]].
19th Apr '14 9:14:26 PM karstovich2
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* A good deal of ex-KGB personnel turn up in ''Series/BurnNotice''. Sometimes these are employed by [[TheNewRussia Russian intelligence]], sometimes [[TheMafiya they]] [[PrivateMilitaryContractors are not]].
30th Mar '14 9:04:37 PM Nohbody
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* In ''Literature/TheSumOfAllFears'', the FalseFlagOperation that was part of the terrorists' plans [[spoiler:to get the US and Russia fighting one another]] was assisted by several former agents of the East German [[StateSec Stasi]], who also arranged for the technical expert to work on the [[spoiler:nuclear]] bomb they had acquired.
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* In ''Literature/TheSumOfAllFears'', the FalseFlagOperation that was part of the terrorists' plans [[spoiler:to get the US and Russia Soviet Union fighting one another]] was assisted by several former agents of the East German [[StateSec Stasi]], who also arranged for the technical expert to work on the [[spoiler:nuclear]] bomb they had acquired.
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