Talk:The Cardinal of the Kremlin

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The plot description forgets to mention one more, half-fictional character -- Aleksander Pokryshkin. In reality General Pokryshkin was one of two USSR best aces in WWII (59 kills) and (with Ivan Kozhedub, 62 kills) one of two tree-times Heroes of Soviet Union. Bolkhov 05:57, 19 April 2007 (UTC)

Gun to the head[edit]

It is hinted in "The Bear and the Dragon" that the gun was actually loaded, when Golovko congratulates himself for his self-control at the airport. I don't have the exact quote memorised, but that is the gist of it. I actually asked about that a couple months ago at the reference desk, and our consensus was roughly that Golovko probably lied. Crisco 1492 00:43, 8 July 2007 (UTC)

Fairly Badly Written[edit]

The writing for this seems to be all wrong, emphasizing certain things like the extraction (especially the submarine part), and not mentioning Major Gregory and SDI at all. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:51, 7 September 2007 (UTC)


The plot description mentions that the Cardinal of the Kremlin's "persona may have been based on Ryszard Kukliński, a Polish agent for the CIA," but this is not likely. In Chapter 19 - "Clear Signal," of Red Rabbit Clancy writes:

And the Brits had helped recruit, and later run GRU Colonel Oleg Penkovskiy, the agent who'd prevented World War III and, along the way, recruited CARDINAL, the brightest jewel inn CIA's crown."

The article on Colonel Ryszard Kukliński, in the section "Opinion in Poland," it states that Colonel Kukliński in 1981 may have prevented World War III. Thus, the fictional character, Colonel Oleg Penkovskiy is probably based on Colonel Ryszard Kukliński, and cannot be CARDINAL. Ileanadu (talk) 03:47, 12 March 2010 (UTC)