Talk:Main Directorate for Reconnaissance

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Status: Started, in progress, please review (Patrick 05:10, 16 May 2006 (UTC))

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Grave mistake[edit]

In the description of the activities is named " well as the so-called "Active Measures" (distributing false intelligence)...". As to my knowledge, this (spreading desinformation) was only a small fraction of the 'Active Measures'. Actually, AM was simply the term for Covert operations in general, meaning every secretly conducted operation - which, by the way, funnily does not appear at all in the paragraph, though it was an important field of work for the HVA. I dont have sources present, but I would strongly suggest that the main authors check that issue. (talk) 11:22, 6 November 2013 (UTC)

Ok, why not look into Active measures? Definition: "...ranged from media manipulations to special actions involving various degrees of violence. (...) They included disinformation, propaganda, counterfeiting official documents, assassinations, and political repression, such as penetration in churches, and persecution of political dissidents." This clearly falls under the definition of "Covert Operations" and goes far beyond spreading "false intelligence". (talk) 11:30, 6 November 2013 (UTC)

English translation of HV A[edit]

The BStU's website offers the translation "Main Directorate for Reconnaissance" here. Unless someone else has a more authoritative source, I will use this. As an aside, they also spell "HVA" as "HV A" but I think adding spaces to acronyms would sacrifice clarity.-Ich (talk) 14:38, 27 June 2014 (UTC) Also, when googling for both terms, I find a lot more using "Main Reconnaissance Administration", a handful of which would be considered reliable, or are (likely) directly influenced by the fact that Wikipedia used this translation. I feel most comfortable using the translation offered by a German federal agency that is responsible for maintaining the Stasi's records.-Ich (talk) 14:53, 27 June 2014 (UTC)

Academic research (like work from Kristie Macrakis) uses BStU, HVA, and MfS. Since our sources are academic in nature I wouldn't rely on Google results to define the "common name." Chris Troutman (talk) 16:26, 27 June 2014 (UTC)

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