He was placed in an orphanage sponsored by the Russian military. From the time he was a least five, he received military training.
At age eighteen, he began his career with the Russian "military intelligence service" (27.92), the GRU and became a top agent.
In 1976 he failed in a mission and defected to Sweden, seeking asylum with the Security Police, and sold them Russian secrets. Björck and Bjurman happened to be in the Säpo office when Zala arrived. They were his first Swedish contacts, and they both built their career around him.
Blomkvist says he thinks Zala killed Dag, Mia, and Bjurman.
Björck says this can't be. Zala is over sixty, and has an amputated foot. He isn't on the loose shooting people. Björck refuses to give Blomkvist Zala's Swedish pseudonym.
Blomkvist decides to go talk to Salander's old guardian Holger Palmgren.