During Cold War, CIA used ‘Doctor Zhivago’ as a tool to undermine Soviet Union

By Peter Finn, Petra Couvée, April 6, 2014

A secret package arrived at CIA headquarters in January 1958. Inside were two rolls of film from British intelligence — pictures of the pages of a Russian-language novel titled “Doctor Zhivago.”

The book, by poet Boris Pasternak, had been banned from publication in the Soviet Union. The British were suggesting that the CIA get copies of the novel behind the Iron Curtain. The idea immediately gained traction in Washington.

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