Archive for November, 2010

The Two Orlovs

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010
The best-selling book A Simples Life by the loveable meerkat Aleksandr Orlov may be unwittingly focussing attention on one of the great mysteries of the twentieth century.
No doubt the creators of the British television adverts for were looking for a typical Russian name when choosing “Aleksander Orlov.” But their choice has resulted in the spotlight being shed on another Russian of the same name.
People searching on Amazon’s website for what is one of this season’s top holiday presents are coming across at least one book by, and others about, Leiba Lazarevich Feldbin.
Feldbin wrote books and articles under the name “Alexander Orlov” after arriving in the United States in 1938.  This Orlov was no loveable meerkat.  He was in fact the highest ranking defector from Stalin’s secret service ever to appear in the West.