[FPSPACE] Soviet cosmonaut photo forgeries -- who did it, and why?

Jim Oberg jeoberg at comcast.net
Sun Oct 14 16:45:21 EDT 2007

I'm finishing up a presentation for a space history conference,
in a more scholarly tone than my "Cosmonaut/Cosmo-NOT"
public lecture (http://www.jamesoberg.com/cosmonot.pdf),
and there remains one serious gap in the discussion.

WHO actually performed these forgeries? Where? In
accordance with what guidance and what authority?

Sure, these were totally in keeping with official Soviet
news fabrication/falsification policies going back to the
very beginning of the Soviet state -- so there must have
been an existing 'infrastructure' whose job it was to produce
'corrected' visual materials for public (and foreign) consumption.

But do we know anything about the nature of this bureacracy,
and its specialists?

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