The KGB had a term for the collection of compromising material used to extort a subject — they called it kompromat.

Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam, whose latest book is “The Feud: Vladimir Nabakov, Edmund Wilson and the End of a Beautiful Friendship,” joined Boston Public Radio on Tuesday to help explain how to survive damaging kompromat.

With the help of some suggestions from a recent piece on surviving kompromat from The Atlantic, Beam told listeners that if they ever find themselves on the other end of some embarrassing kompromat: "Ignore, deny, and let it blow over."