Yup. One of my favorite Cold War stories is about a low level defector who went AWOL in Berlin and defected to the Soviets. He was a junior NCO and didn’t have much to bring to the table other than disgruntlement and disloyalty.
To his surprise he learned that in the Workers’ Paradise everyone had to have a job. He hadn’t gotten away from that.
He was asked about his likes and dislikes. He disliked animals and above all hated snakes.
The Soviets put him in a job feeding snakes at some small time zoo in western Siberia.
I think that anecdote came from “Inside the Aquarium”. It has been a long time though and I am not sure.
LOL. Russkies apparently held him in the same contempt as us ...
going back a bit farther, the Redcoats never trusted Benedict Arnold; they never put him in any sort of position of real responsibility.