Richard B. Spence

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"Richard “Rick” Spence received his doctorate in history from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1981. He has taught at the University of Idaho since 1986, and he is a tenured full professor of history. He specializes in Russian intelligence and military history, and his course offerings include Modern Espionage, Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, History of Secret Societies and the Occult in History.

"Spence’s published works include “Boris Savinkov: Renegade on the Left” (East European Monographs/Columbia Univ. Press, 1991), “Trust No One: The Secret World of Sidney Reilly” (Feral House, 2002) and “Secret Agent 666: Aleister Crowley, British Intelligence and the Occult” (Feral House, 2008). He is also the author of numerous articles in Revolutionary Russia, Intelligence and National Security, International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence, The Historian, New Dawn and other publications. He has served as a commentator/consultant for the History Channel and the International Spy Museum and was a key consultant-interviewee for the Russian Cultural Foundation’s 2007 documentary film, “Leon Trotsky: The Secret of World Revolution,” and its subsequent “Trap for the Tsar.” "[1] He was the advisor for Russian NTV’s forthcoming documentary on the October Revolution. [1]

In 2017 he published Wall Street and the Russian Revolution Reconsidered (Trine Day Press). The book was dedicated to Antony Sutton.

Recent interviews

  • 2017 Truth be Told Radio/TV program , 21 April, topic “Secret Russia.”
  • 2017, Interviewed by Russian Cultural Foundation for upcoming documentary on the 1917

Revolution, New York City, 26 March.

  • 2016, “Trotsky’s American Connections.” Interviewed by NTV (Moscow, Russia) for upcoming documentary of the Russian Revolution (9-10 Jan.)
  • 2016, Part of group discussion, “2016: What to Expect,” on The Other Side of Midnight program with Richard C. Hoagland (9 Jan.)
  • 2015, Interview. Topic: “Russia from the October Revolution to Putin,” The Other Side of Midnight program with Richard C. Hoagland (22 Dec.)
  • 2011, Interviews by Vladimir Abarinov, Radio Svoboda:

March 2-7 (three parts) Trotskii v Amerike (“Trotsky in America”). April 30-May 5 (four parts) Priznanie Ameriki (Concerning Soviet efforts to bribe or compromise US Senator William Borah) 14 Dec. (interview), “Recent protests in Russia in historical perspective.”

Resources and articles

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  1. Bio, organizational web page, accessed August 2, 2017.