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переписчик (specific context)

English translation: defector


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13:26 Jul 23, 2005
Russian to English translations [PRO]
Social Sciences - History / espionage
Russian term or phrase: переписчик (specific context)
This word is used several times to describe Soviet spies. In one place, the spy Alexander Orlov is described as the krupneyshy perepischik v istorii razvedki - and then it goes on to list the prominant spies whom he recruited.

What does this mean when used in the context of espionage??
Elizabeth Adams
United States
Local time: 15:51
English translation:defector
Sounds like it should be перебежчик.
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Larissa Dinsley
United Kingdom
Local time: 23:51
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Thank you so much!
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4 +4defector
Larissa Dinsley

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14 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +4

Sounds like it should be перебежчик.

Larissa Dinsley
United Kingdom
Local time: 23:51
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Thank you so much!

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Kirill Semenov: очень вероятно! едва ли он стал знаменит тем, что просто переписывал секретные докУменты ;) + Суббота просто, лето -- народ отдыхает ;)
2 mins
  -> Спасибо, Кирилл. А я все думаю, куда народ подевался. Никто не отвечает...

agree  Alya: безусловно, "перебежчик" идеально вписывается в контекст
54 mins
  -> Спасибо, Аля.

agree  Sergei Tumanov
2 hrs
  -> Спасибо, Сергей.

agree  koundelev: Цитата из кн. Орлов А. Тайная битва сверхдержав, М., Вече, 2000 -- Источники информации разные: самолеты﷓разведчики, агентурная сеть в Западной Европе, перебежчики и т. д.
9 hrs
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