History 52'


From the Cold War to the invasion of Ukraine, the Soviet Union, and now Russia, has always conducted secret operations against the West. During the Communist era, Moscow relied heavily on the secret services of Eastern Bloc countries such as Czechoslovakia.


From the sale of arms and explosives to Egypt, the Algerian FLN and Khadafi, support for Cuban guerrillas and the 1957 bombing in Strasbourg, to revelations about Mehdi Ben Barka, the Moroccan opposition figure assassinated in 1965, and the Euromissile crisis: this documentary provides exclusive information on Prague's role in Moscow's service for over 40 years. Thanks to the opening of the archives of the Czech Services.


Through these declassified documents and the exceptional testimonies of former spies and Czech historians, we discover how, under Moscow's authority, operations of subversion, propaganda and destabilization of Western nations were carried out. This documentary sheds light on the attitude of Moscow and its former allies in the East, who have now distanced themselves from Russia's expansionist policies.

Direction: Andrea Sedláčková

Production: Constance Films & La Compagnie des Taxi-Brousse for ARTE G.E.I.E., Ceska Televize, Histoire TV & RTBF

Languages: French, Czech

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