The Sluzhba Bezpeky

  1. Historical Background
  2. The Karotechia and the Nachtigall Battalion
  3. The Campaigns Against the Ghouls
  4. The Project at Verkhovyna
  5. The Catastrophe
  6. Rogue Operations
  7. The Zalozhni's Infiltration of OUN
  8. Arsenych's Project Resurrected
  9. The Endgame in Ukraine

Historical Background

A strategically located country with fertile soil and rich natural resources, Ukraine has long been the object of imperial conquest. By geographical fate, Ukraine was doomed to almost constant rule by foreign -- and often hostile -- powers since the 13th century. Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, the expansion of the Russian Empire, the Ottoman Empire, and Poland (and later the Austro-Hungarian Empire) divided Ukraine and its people.

A Ukrainian "national rebirth" began in the late 18th century, seeing the evolution of a unique Ukrainian national identity that drew on the traditions of Kievan Rus and the cossacks. This created an increased sense of self-awareness, and Ukrainians began to realize their distinctiveness from the empires that ruled them. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the growth of Ukrainian political awareness, and by the beginning of the first World War the vocal Ukrainian intelligentsia was calling for greater autonomy, if not independence, for Ukraine.

The growing independence movement saw its opportunity at the end of the first World War, when the Russian and Austro-Hungarian Empires collapsed and it became possible to establish a Ukrainian Republic in the ethnic Ukrainian territory formerly held by the two empires. Over the course of the Russian Revolution and the Russo-Polish War, however, Ukraine was once again divided, now between Poland and Soviet Russia, with smaller portions held by Czechoslovakia and Romania. Supporters of the Ukrainian Republic fled and regrouped in the west.

In June 1920, as the death-knell sounded for the Ukrainian Republic, the leadership of their most elite military formation, the Sichovi Striltsi, held a clandestine meeting in Prague. Headed by Colonel Evhen Konovalets, they decided to disband, forming in their place a new underground movement -- the Ukrainian Military Organization [Ukrainska Viskova Orhanizatsiya: UVO]. Their goal was to expel foreign invaders from Ukraine. Throughout the 1920s, UVO waged a terrorist war against the Polish authorities in western Ukraine, employing the weapons of sabotage, assassination, blackmail, propaganda, and espionage. But internal disunity made action difficult. Attempts to solidify the nationalist forces in Ukraine began in November 1927, when a council -- the Provid -- was created to coordinate the actions of other nationalist groups with UVO's covert war.

The Provid would become the upper echelon of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists [Orhanizatsiya Ukrainskykh Natsionalistiv: OUN], which was founded in Vienna in January 1929. OUN continued UVO's bloody war against the Polish government, but encompassed a broader range of nationalists under a strict political and ideological doctrine that called for the creation of a Ukrainian natsiokratiya -- a nation based on ethnic identity. A new office, the Krayova Ekzekutyva, was established to coordinate underground activity in western Ukraine and in January 1933, a young revolutionary named Stepan Bandera was elected to lead it. Bandera's term as head of the Krayova Ekzekutyva was short; he was arrested by Polish authorities for his role in the June 1934 assassination of the Polish Minister of the Interior and incarcerated for life.

The Provid and the Krayova Ekzekutyva soon became inimical forces, with the Provid representing the moderate old guard and the Krayova Ekzekutyva the radical and revolutionary youth. Discord was kept to a minimum while Konovalets remained the unrivaled Vozhd of OUN. But that ended in May 1938, when he was handed a bomb by a Soviet infiltrator, Pavel Anatolevych Sudoplatov, in a Rotterdam cafe. Following Konovalets' assassination, his confidant Yaroslav Baranovskiy assumed de facto control of the Provid and maneuvered to have Andriy Melnyk, a moderate war veteran, elected Vozhd in October 1938. The Krayova Ekzekutyva opposed Melnyk's ascendancy, and began to carry out operations in blatant defiance of the Provid. Unsanctioned by the Provid, they sent advisers to Transcarpathia to assist a newly-formed Ukrainian paramilitary group, the Karpatska Sich. Transcarpathia declared independence once Nazi Germany invaded Czechoslovakia in March 1939, but the Provid refused to assist the regime and Transcarpathia was invaded by the Hungarian Army. The opposition to Melnyk saw the abandonment of Transcarpathia as an effort to please the Nazis and their Hungarian allies.

The opposition found its counterpart to Melnyk in September 1939, when Stepan Bandera was released from prison in the aftermath of Nazi Germany's invasion of Poland. Bandera and his followers formed a Revolutionary Provid in February 1940, and in April 1941 the Revolutionary Provid denounced Melnyk's authority and elected Bandera their Vozhd. OUN split -- one faction following Bandera, the other following Melnyk -- and brutal infighting ensued.

With the Nazi-Soviet war on the horizon, Bandera's OUN began to plan for the liberation of Ukraine from the Soviets. OUN would reenter Ukraine in three waves. First, Expedition Groups would march ahead of the Nazi advance and set up the infrastructure of a Ukrainian Republic as the Soviets abandoned territory. Then, two battalions of OUN members would advance alongside the Wehrmacht. These battalions, code-named Nachtigall and Roland, were trained by the Abwehr and incorporated into the Brandenburg Division. Ukrainians were forbidden to serve as officers, but their de facto commander was Roman Shukhevych, who had led OUN's military delegation to the Karpatska Sich. Finally, OUN's leadership would follow the Wehrmacht.

When war broke out on June 22, OUN's plans were set into motion. On June 30, the Wehrmacht and the Nachtigall Battalion captured Lviv and OUN's leaders decided to declare the renewal of the defeated Ukrainian Republic. Bandera's lieutenant Yaroslav Stetsko made the announcement over the radio, using a radio tower commandeered by the Nachtigall Battalion.

But the celebration was short-lived. The Nazis and OUN had fiercely debated the renewal of the Ukrainian Republic, and within weeks, the Gestapo began arrests of prominent OUN members. Both Bandera and Stetsko were arrested in July and OUN's ranks were decimated. The sole member of the Revolutionary Provid to escape was Mykola Lebed, who went underground with his elite Sluzhba Bezpeky [Security Service: SB].

Lebed assumed the mantle of Vozhd and appointed a protégé, Ivan Ravlyk, to head the SB. Over the next few months, Ravlyk waged a secret war on the Soviets, the Nazis, and Melnyk's followers -- and more unspeakable things lurking in the shadows.

The Karotechia and the Nachtigall Battalion

At the forefront of that secret war was Mykola Arsenych, a young SB agent who had already seen his share of darkness. Arsenych had been sent by the Krayova Ekzekutyva as a security adviser to the Karpatska Sich. After the fall, he and several comrades had fled into the forbidding forests of the Carpathian Mountains, where they were stalked by an invisible fiend that struck without warning and left its victims mangled and drained of blood. The young adviser was the only one of the group to survive.

It was not the last time Arsenych would face the horrors of the Mythos.

He was one of the first to enter Lviv after the Wehrmacht captured the city, and was appointed by Ravlyk to investigate the NKVD's massacre of political prisoners at the city jailhouse. Arsenych found that the bodies of the prisoners had been partially devoured, and he followed the cannibals' trail to the sewers beneath Lviv. There, he discovered a cult of inhuman creatures hiding in a Grecian temple of the Magna Mater. Fleeing the subterranean grotto, he reported his discovery to Ravlyk. The report caught the attention of the Nazi Karotechia.

Eager to plunder artifacts from the temple, the Karotechia used allies in the Abwehr to organize a special section of the Nachtigall Battalion to clear out the ghoul population. Directed to the grotto by Arsenych, the soldiers assaulted the temple and scattered the ghouls. With the temple secured, the Karotechia began looting the place under the guise of the Ahnenerbe-SS.

The special section continued to hunt ghouls on the Karotechia's orders after the Nachtigall Battalion was dispatched to the eastern front. Among the special section's duties was to capture live specimens, which proved impossible: the creatures seemed to be able to disappear in the blink of an eye. This meant that only dead specimens could be collected and studied by the Karotechia.

As relations between OUN and the Nazis worsened, the Nachtigall Battalion and its special section became a liability and the Karotechia decided to decommission the project. Under their orders, the special section assaulted a ghoul haven on Bald Mountain near Kiev, in November. It was meant as a suicide mission -- and to make sure, Wehrmacht troops gunned down survivors as they clambered down the mountain. The handful who escaped headed west towards Lviv. There, they found asylum in the SB.

Meanwhile, Arsenych had spent the months since the Lviv raid tracking the ghouls. He had concluded that ghouls had been present throughout the history of Ukraine, and were the root of most peasant myths about vampires and changelings. They had even taken part in cossack hetman Bohdan Khmelnytskiy's bloody 1649 uprising against Poland, their horrible forms disguised by the loose-fitting uniforms of the cossacks. Their worship of the Magna Mater was a vestige of a Greek religion imported over a thousand years ago by Byzantine traders.

Arsenych had become convinced that the ghouls were to be eliminated. When the survivors of the Nachtigall Battalion's special section arrived in Lviv, his plans became much clearer.

As his plans were formulating, the Karotechia targetted both Arsenych and his superior Ivan Ravlyk for assassination, since both knew of the Lviv raid and thus posed a security threat. In December, Ravlyk was murdered by one of Andriy Melnyk's agents on the Karotechia's orders.

Arsenych, though, escaped repeated attempts on his life and rose to become the head of the SB after Ravlyk's assassination. Going completely underground, he carried out a dual campaign of retribution -- against the Nazis and, secretly, against the ghouls. The veterans of the Lviv and Bald Mountain raids became the avant-garde of Arsenych's anti-ghoul operations.

The Campaigns Against the Ghouls

Mykhailo Zymovyk, who had seen some of the worst carnage during the Lviv raid, commanded the SB death-squads responsible for hunting down and destroying ghouls in Halychyna, Polissia, and Volyn. At first, these operations were limited and the death-squads were small, each comprising of about half a dozen SB agents diverted from their regular duties.

With the formation of the paramilitary Ukrainian Insurgent Army [Ukrainska Povstanska Armiya: UPA] in October 1942, Zymovyk began to rely on Captain Symon Mykolyshyn, a comrade-in-arms from the Lviv raid, to stage larger operations. Mykolyshyn's UPA company was used by the SB in increasingly daring raids on ghoul havens.

In addition, thorugh Mykolyshyn's contacts in UPA a group of doctors from UPA's medical unit was reassigned to an isolated bunker complex near Lviv. While officially caring for wounded UPA soldiers, the doctors examined the ghoul cadavers Mykolyshyn's men provided them, trying to uncover the secrets of the ghouls' uncanny ability to hide in plain sight. The team of surgeons was headed by Lieutenant Vasyl Moroz, a Nachtigall Battalion veteran. A handful of Mykolyshyn's most trusted men guarded Moroz's work at the complex, code-named Verkhovyna.

A series of child kidnappings brought Mykolyshyn and his company to Transcarpathia in April 1943. Originally thought to be the work of ghouls, the kidnappings turned out to be the work of a satanic cult in preparation for their Walpurgisnacht ritual. Mykolyshyn's company disrupted the rite and scattered the cultists, but at a high price; dozens of UPA soldiers were killed and many went insane when faced with the horrors the cult had summoned, including a terrifying spawn of Yog-Sothoth. In the course of the chaotic raid, Mykolyshyn's soldiers frantically confiscated the cult's unholy texts and retreated into the forests. The survivors delivered the captured texts -- including a copy of the Greek Necronomicon -- to Verkhovyna.

The SB anti-ghoul project suffered many changes when OUN's Provid was reorganized in May 1943. General Roman Shukhevych, who had recently escaped from the Gestapo's custody, was elected the Vozhd of OUN, replacing Mykola Lebed. More cautious than his predecessor, Shukhevych carefully monitored Arsenych's pursuit of the ghouls. He remembered the fanaticism the Karotechia encouraged in its campaigns against the ghouls, and he feared that the SB would fall prey to those same reckless impulses.

In an effort to curb the increasignly unstable and genocidal Mykhailo Zymovyk, he put him in charge of pursuing NKVD guerillas in Halychyna. Then, after the NKVD guerillas were routed by the Wehrmacht in August, rumors began to emerge that the survivors were seeking shelter with ghouls in the Carpathian Mountains. Zymovyk swiftly moved to eliminate them. The bloody operation ended in November with the razing of several villages in an insane attempt to destroy the ghouls he suspected were hiding there. Following the massacre, Shukhevych put an end to the SB's anti-ghoul policy and prohibited further operations by Mykolyshyn and his company.

The Project at Verkhovyna

Despite the setbacks, the SB's research program at Verkhovyna continued, headed by Father Ivan Khorunzhiy, a Uniate priest with access to the church's occult archives. After Mykolyshyn's raid in Transcarpathia, Khorunzhiy had assembled a small staff of linguists to study the texts that had been captured.

In addition, a network of SB agents headed by Lviv raid veteran Andriy Vovchak sought out anything of occult significance. Vovchak was the first to learn of the existence of the Karotechia when, in February 1944, he interrogated an insane Karotechia officer who had been captured by UPA in the Carpathian Mountains. Detailed notes regarding Vovchak's findings, complete with arcane diagrams and hypergeometric formulae, were delivered to Verkhovyna. Although no other members of the Karotechia were captured by the SB, enough of their support personnel were interrogated to give Vovchak and Arsenych a clear picture of what the Karotechia was involved in and what role it had played in the Lviv and Bald Mountain raids.

As Vovchak investigated the Karotechia, Verkhovyna began to fall apart. Several researchers studying the Necronomicon suffered nervous breakdowns and one committed suicide. Khorunzhiy himself was plagued by dreams of the Black Man, a messenger of dark forces. His work became more and more fervent as he searched for a way to dispel the terrifying nightmares. An attempt to summon and confront the Black Man backfired and Khorunzhiy was nearly killed; the Necronomicon was severely damaged and much of his notes was lost.

Then the UPA medical team's project was destroyed when, in a fit of madness, a surgeon managed to burn down the laboratory and destroy the project's notes. All these disasters caught the eye of the Zalozhni section of Smersh, and in April they used the NKVD to raid Verkhovyna. The UPA guards held the attackers long enough for the staff to escape, carrying whatever they could. Despite their efforts, much invaluable data on the occult was lost to the Zalozhni.

The Catastrophe

Following the abandonment of Verkhovyna, General Roman Shukhevych demanded justification for Arsenych's interest in the occult. Arsenych secretly met with Shukhevych and his top aides, briefing them on the intelligence they had pried from captured Nazi soldiers. A supernatural war was being waged by the Nazis and the Soviets, and if OUN was to prevail it too would need to have some command of the occult. The ghouls' superhuman abilities and the secrets of the Necronomicon were only two facets of the power that Arsenych sought to uncover. Shukhevych was hesitant, realizing the corruption that accompanied occult power, but Arsenych convinced him to allow for a demonstration. Shukhevych, against his better judgment, agreed.

Arsenych and Khorunzhiy prepared for the demonstration, but the losses at Verkhovyna had set the project back months. First and foremost, the Uniate priest needed to reconstruct the damaged Necronomicon. Under his orders, SB agents scoured libraries throughout Europe and found several translations, but peicing them together was nearly impossible. To add, Andriy Vovchak -- who headed the search -- began to succumb to strange hallucinations, believing he was being stalked by an unnatural horde of rats.

The day of reckoning for the SB came in November. Shukhevych and certain members of the Provid convened in the basement of a Lviv cathedral to witness a controlled summoning ritual cast by Khorunzhiy and a group of occultists.

The ritual went catastrophically wrong.

Instead of summoning a single, bound creature, an uncontrollable gate was opened and unspeakable horrors were loosed on the group. The sorcerers were killed almost immediately, or pulled into the gate. Demonic creatures tore into the crowd, overwhelming the UPA guards and slaughtering onlookers. The angles of the room began to shift as reality itself buckled. Helplessly trying to control the anarchy, Khorunzhiy summoned the Black Man and forged an infernal pact with the creature, entering the service of the Outer Gods in return for the closing of the gate. The deal was done; time and space returned to normal again, and the survivors destroyed the last of the creatures. Khorunzhiy, fearing for his life, fled with the Necronomicon.

Following the disaster, the repercussions for Arsenych and his project were severe. Shukhevych declared that OUN was to have no further contact with the occult, and he stripped Arsenych of all executive power. The SB was secretly subordinated to Mykola Lebed, who left Ukraine for Rome. Vovchak, Zymovyk, and Arsenych's other agents were reassigned to OUN's network in Vienna. Mykolyshyn and his company were dispatched to the forests of Bukovyna and Moroz was sent to the Carpathian Mountains. The matter was officially erased from the records. It was forgotten.

But not by everyone...

Rogue Operations

Following his transfer to Vienna, Vovchak was approached by emissaries of the Karotechia with a proposal to reactivate the Nachtigall Battalion's special section as part of an endgame against the Allies. Vovchak refused, recalling the Karotechia's past betrayal, but several of Arsenych's other agents agreed and participated in the Karotechia's apocalyptic designs. The Karotechia was doomed, however, and once the war ended Arsenych's agents found themselves without a patron -- nothing more than a group of rogue partisans.

That soon changed. In May 1945, Mykolyshyn and his company investigated a marauding death-cult in Bukovyna, an operation that was watched closely from Bucharest by Major Aaron Blackwood of the Office of Strategic Services. Reckless and cavalier, Blackwood considered contacting Mykolyshyn and organizing a resistance behind Soviet lines, but the dissolution of the OSS in September obviated his plans. Furious and out of a job, he took to heavy drinking and left for Rome with his Romani mistress.

In Rome, Blackwood again crossed paths with Arsenych's agents. He became involved with the renegade Father Ivan Khorunzhiy, who was smuggling disreputable refugees out of Europe in exchange for occult secrets. Not knowing the true nature of the priest's enterprise, Blackwood became interested in the ratline network -- both for recruiting anti-Soviet activists and for personal profit.

It was only in March 1946 that the occult connection was exposed, when Andriy Vovchak arrived in Rome to assassinate Khorunzhiy on Mykola Lebed's orders; Blackwood's alcoholism waxed when he learned Khorunzhiy's true designs. Khorunzhiy managed to evade Vovchak, but the operation sparked Blackwood's long-term alliance with the SB. Over the following months, Blackwood would act as an informal contact between the US Army Intelligence Counter-Intelligence Corps and Vovchak's spies in Vienna.

The Zalozhni's Infiltration of OUN

That link proved valuable in June, after Vovchak's agents raided an MGB office in Vienna. Among the items they looted were several files describing an MGB plot to impersonate members of OUN. An examination of a list of targets revealed that everyone listed was deceased -- in some cases, for several years -- but the graves of several targets were found disturbingly empty.

Then, in October, Blackwood informed Vovchak that the CIC had apprehended several suspected Soviet agents in the Bavarian Displaced Persons camps, only to discover that the infiltrators were no longer fully human. Vovchak identified them as members of an UPA unit lost in action in Czechoslovakia several weeks before. Vovchak traveled from Vienna to personally deliver the information to Arsenych in Lviv, and the former SB chief began to make plans to leave for Munich, where he would personally oversee the matter.

But Arsenych's plans -- and his life -- were cut short when his bunker was leveled by an invisible, monstrous force -- an occult assassination orchestrated by Smersh's Zalozhni. On January 23, 1947, Vovchak and the vanguard of the occult project reunited to bury Arsenych's bloodless body in an unmarked grave near Lviv. Afterwards, the old conspirators plotted.

It had become clear that the MGB's infiltration of OUN was, indeed, legitimate.

Vovchak's list was delivered to the CIC by an SB courier, and the CIC began to track and arrest those named. Disturbing news of the things they uncovered filtered back to Lviv and in May, Vovchak himself went to assist in the operation. He and his group of hand-picked agents left Ukraine as part of the Great Raid to the West, during which several UPA companies were deployed to the west in an attempt to contact the Americans.

After fighting their way through Czechoslovakia, Vovchak and his agents were apprehended by the CIC near Passau in September. They were brought secretly to Munich, where they were briefed on the exact nature of the CIC's findings. In the following weeks, he worked to root out the reanimated double agents created by the MGB's Spetsburo Number 1 under the direction of the Zalozhni.

The operation concluded in November when Vovchak's agents were cornered by reanimated agents in the sewers of Munich. Vovchak's men were obliterated and he himself vanished, but the Zalozhni's project was exposed and irreversibly set back. Lieutenant Vasyl Moroz, who led a group of reinforcements sent by the SB conspirators, arrived to find the CIC's operation officially closed. It was Moroz who contacted Major Aaron Blackwood and plotted the next step.

Arsenych's Project Resurrected

Moroz and Blackwood agreed that the Soviets' interest in the occult must be carefully watched, and that the SB was the best tool for keeping an eye on their activities. The SB still maintained contact with UPA in Soviet Ukraine had an extensive network of spies and informants in Europe. They also had many sympathizers among the eastern European emigrants in Germany.

But any occult-related operation would have to be concealed from Mykola Lebed, who was still under strict orders prohibiting contact with the occult. To that end, Moroz reorganized the veterans of Mykola Arsenych's occult projects into a conspiracy within the SB charged with monitoring the Zalozhni's actions in Europe. The nerve-center would be located in Berlin, where Moroz could report the SB's findings directly to Blackwood and the CIC.

In the spy-infested underground of post-war Europe, Moroz's SB agents faced off against Zalozhni masquerading as members of the MGB. Assassinations, double-crosses, and blackmail were routine as the SB tried to hinder the Zalozhni's attmepts to claim the Karotechia's dark legacy. All the while, Moroz's agents ran legitimate SB operations, answering to Mykola Lebed and his staff.

Meanwhile, Blackwood's old OSS superiors were watching his moves carefully. In December, he was enlisted by the CIC to assist in the extraction of anti-communists from Hungary. As refugees fled for the border and confusion mounted, Blackwood was able to provide safe passage for the renowned Czech occultist Dr. Sebastian von Ornalik. During the war, Ornalik had been involuntarily recruited by the Karotechia and his knowledge of their exploits proved invaluable in the SB's operations against the Zalozhni.

Blackwood's adventure in Hungary proved to be a forerunner to his recruitment into the Office of Policy Coordination in July 1948, where he was assigned the task of recruiting agents for missions behind the Iron Curtain. Meeting with Lebed in October, Blackwood gained his approval for dispatching SB agents into Soviet-occupied territory. Among those chosen for these missions were agents secretly loyal to Moroz. Blackwood's support was essential since the SB's contacts in Soviet Ukraine were slowly falling in battle against the Soviets.

The Endgame in Ukraine

The situation in Soviet Ukraine reached its most dire point in June 1949, after Captain Symon Mykolyshyn and his company staged a daring raid into Transylvania in hopes of destroying the death-cult that had eluded them for years. The six-week operation saw the relentless pursuit of the cult and its cadaverous master deep into the Transylvanian forests, to the ruins of the Castle Ferenczy. Few returned from the raid, whispering of a foiled resurrection ritual and the near-human abominations it produced. Mykolyshyn was not among the survivors.

News of the destruction of Mykolyshyn's company soon reached Moroz at his headquarters in Berlin. Frustrated by the loss of his last loyal agent in Soviet Ukraine, Moroz pressed Blackwood to infiltrate agents into Soviet Ukraine. Despite a disastrous mission into Soviet Ukraine in August, Blackwood successfully lobbied for a second OPC-sponsored mission. Over the next several weeks, five SB agents, including Mykhailo Zymovyk, were trained at an abandoned Luftwaffe base in Bavaria.

The leader of the mission was a close and trusted friend of Moroz: Andriy Vovchak, whom the SB had found living under a pseudonym with his fiancé in New York City. Vovchak's objective, Moroz explained, was to reestablish contact with General Roman Shukhevych and organize a new base of operations for the SB in Soviet Ukraine. In December, Vovchak, Zymovyk, and the others were airdropped by the OPC into the Carpathian Mountains.

Joining Shukhevych at his headquarters, they found that the embattled general was desperate and anxious to reopen connections to OUN in the west. But before any of his plans could be realized, the agents found themselves the target of the MVD. And the Zalozhni, lusting for revenge after the Munich debacle, were also in pursuit: a squad of MGB assassins was dispatched to hunt the agents down.

Targeted by the two rival Soviet agencies, Shukhevych was forced to move his headquarters constantly. He became increasingly paranoid about the loyalty of his own men, fearing that UPA's ranks had been infiltrated. Both Vovchak and Zymovyk saw that there was little left to hope for.

The endgame came in March, when the MVD raided Shukhevych's makeshift headquarters outside Lviv, killing him during the ensuing firefight. Zymovyk and Vovchak fled and attempted to reach the Czechoslovakian border, but they were tracked by the Zalozhni assassins. Vovchak was mortally wounded in a supernatural duel and left for dead. Zymovyk managed to escape but was apprehended at the East German border by the MVD. Following a brutal interrogation, he was exiled to Smersh's breeding facility at Gur'yev.

Nothing but silence reached Moroz's offices in Berlin.

Written by Mark Romaniw.

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