Following the breaking down of the Berlin Wall in 1989, an inner group of the then KGB foresaw the impending humiliation of their beloved Motherland. In January 1990, they convened a meeting to outline their long-term strategy to restore what they viewed as Russia’s rightful role on the world stage. The three components of Triple Edge Strategy were: a short-sharp-shock to the Russian-Soviet Economy and subsequent birth of the Russian Oligarchs able to invest in strategic Western businesses; the containment of the Russian Mafya; and ultimately, using their superior hacking abilities, repatriate foreign assets acquired by Oligarchs and those of their intermediaries and associates, to the Russian State. The plan would be completed to coincide with Centenary Celebrations of the Russian Revolution.
Part One: Transition
The imposition of Russia’s short-sharp-shock economic therapy some fifteen years earlier had certainly worked; at least for some. London had become one of the preferred destinations of the mega-rich Russian and ex-Soviets Oligarchs; honest or otherwise. They owned property throughout the Mediterranean coastline; and their expensive yachts were often seen anchored in the warm waters of the Caribbean, undoubtedly to keep an eye on their off-shore funds and shell companies. Above all, the Oligarchs had become a major cash cow for the financial and legal services based in London; was this reason for the British Government turning a blind eye to suspected illegal activities of some of the Russian and ex-Soviet Oligarchs. Or was there a more sinister rationale?
Western complacency is awakened when a number of Eastern European countries surprise a reluctant EU Council of Ministers and vote for the establishment of a new centre to combat the exponential rise of Europe-wide xenophobia and organised crime. The centre’s location spanning the Italian-Swiss border; the participation of the Russians in its operations; and the dubious referendum questions to convince the Canton Ticino residents to approve its establishment, prompts the British, French and Italian intelligence services to take action. It soon transpires that entire project had been connived by a combination of the Russian and Italian mafias supported by extreme right-wing elements.
The new centre’s first country assessment visit to Moscow coincides with violent internal confrontations between the potential presidential candidates, particularly relating to Russia’s future socio-economic model and the threat of the mafia. The Italians and French suspect duplicity when it emerges that British financial and legal experts are facilitating ex-Soviet and mafia investments in the UK and elsewhere for political ends. This suspicion is further compounded when a British agent, whom the Italians and French had trusted, is assassinated. When the identities of two officers of a secretive anti-Mafia unit are exposed and subsequently killed, the Italians embark upon an embryonic innovative plan to deal with the situation.
Part One (First Version) can be downloaded here, free until the end of 2018 (Currently only for Apple users)
Part Two: Deception
The Italians initially focus upon the problems of the collaboration between the Russian and their own mafias. They establish a parallel privately financed unit to combat what is perceived as a threat to Italian democracy. When it transpires that an obscure right-wing French national of Russian descent obtains British nationality, a peerage and becomes the Master of a Cambridge University College, they activate a similar parallel privately funded unit in the UK. The unit, managed by former members of the University Students’ Communist Society, monitors the Master’s scheme of orgies to entrap British financiers and politicians. Simultaneously, with the assistance of two members of former extreme left-wing groups in Italy, the Italians focus upon the Russian-Italian Swiss banking connections and the linkages to the financial services community in the UK. Frustration with the methods of the two British and Italian ex-spies’ Cold War methods forces the women in the Italian and Cambridge team to embark upon a new strategy; the need is further exacerbated by the attempted assassination of the head of the Italian unit. Further evidence emerges of the British Intelligence Service and the Government’s unwillingness to confront the risks faced by their country and Europe.
In the process of final editing.
Part Three: Implosion – Sembra Facile (It looks easy)
The battle against the mafias is struggling. It transpires that the Master of the Cambridge College has consolidated his links with Italian and Russian Mafyas to fulfil his vision of a fascist Europe focused on Britain leaving the European Union. Also, he finances similar ambitions with respect to the United States. With the assistance of a Cypriot banker, the Master of the Cambridge College had manoeuvred himself into becoming the paymaster of the scheme.
The Italian Mafias become nervous when the female head of one of the Sicilian clans is assassinated by the head of the British unit who has a sudden awakening of his failed strategy of complacency. A coordinated hacking cooperation with a group in Moscow facilitated by the Italians results in a fourth alternative to the original ex-KGB plan of repatriation of assets. This plan is inspired by the ex-University Communists, the Italians and a formerly imprisoned Russian oligarch. It results in the exposure of previously unknown alliances. When the group decamps to Italy for their finale of dealing with the main culprits, they blow up part of the sixteenth century Cambridge College of which the dubious Frenchman was Master. In the meantime, the Italians arrange the killing of a British double agent; the forcible transfer of the Master of the College to Moscow; the imprisonment of Russian politicians; and the assassination of a British politician and banker. In the purposely built interrogation bunker and operational hub in Tuscany, financed by a Sicilian family opposed to the Mafia, the final plan is implemented. The key link between the Italian government and the Mafias is kidnapped and subjected to untraditional methods of interrogation. A devious propaganda campaign that interrupts television transmissions is directed at the British public, and simultaneously a widespread hacking operation to acquire assets and to cause the utmost inconvenience to governments and individuals’ assets, including their cars and homes. Whilst the hackers implement their plan, the formerly imprisoned oligarch arrives in Tuscany with a group of intellectuals to discuss how best to use the acquired assets.