Regarding the GRU, I worked with a guy in the 1990s who was a former senior lieutenant in the GRU. Something he managed because of family connections - working at a listening station in Armenia kept him out of Afghanistan. While there he got caught by his CO dubbing an ABBA cassette on the GRU's Sony dubbing cassette decks. He spent the rest of his military career dubbing ABBA and various other western pop groups for sale on the black market. This affirmed my suspicion about "Intelligence" agencies generally.
Larry, I think you’ll appreciate this post by InABunkerUnderSF
Yep, blue jeans and rock-n-roll brought down the Soviet Union. (Well, with a little help from Ronald Reagan...)
Speaking of, I was living in Belgium ‘81-82 during Reagan’s first term. There were anti-nuke protests all the time and all over the place, KGB propaganda films (such as Voici l’Amerique), and general hatred for America among the Belges, much like that thrown at Trump today.
Amazingly, the Cold War Deep State didn’t recognize the seismic shift in attitudes of normal people in Belgium, and, I assume, across Europe: they loved John Wayne, they loved Chuck Berry, and they loved Ronald Reagan.
THAT’s how the Cold War was won.