Defector Literature

A - J

Agabekov, George. Tr., Henry W. Bunn. OGPU: The Russian Secret Terror. New York: Brentano's, 1931. Westport, CT: Hypernion Press, 1975.

Akhmedov, Ismail. In and Out of Stalin's GRU: A Tatar's Escape from Red Army Intelligence. Frederick, MD: University Publications of America, 1984.

Alexeev, Kirrill Mikhailovich.

1. "Why I Deserted the Soviet." Saturday Evening Post 220 (26 Jun. 1948): 18 ff.

2. "Was Ambassador Oumansky Murdered?" Saturday Evening Post 220 (3 Jul. 1948): 20 ff.

3. "How We Duped Our American Friends." Saturday Evening Post 220 (10 Jul. 1948): 30 ff. [Petersen]

Allilueva, Svetlana. Tr., Paul Cjavchavadze. Only One Year. New York: Harper & Row, 1969.

Anders, Karl [Pseud., Hendrik Van Bergh]. Murder to Order. New York: Devin-Adair, 1967.

Costa, Alexandra. Stepping Down from the Star: A Soviet Defector's Story. New York: Putnam's 1986.

The author was the "wife of the first secretary of the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C." For Kirkus Reviews, the biggest problem with this book," long-windedness and credibility questions aside, is that Costa is not particularly likable.... [T]he most interesting part of the book: FBI planning and shenanigans. Too bad Costa seems to skip over a good bit of the FBI goings on, perhaps for narrative reasons, probably for security."

Dzhirkvelov, Ilya. Secret Servant: My Life with the KGB and the Soviet Elite. New York: Harper & Row, 1988. New York: Touchstone, 1989. [pb]

Earley, Pete. Comrade J: The Untold Secrets of Russia's Master Spy in America after the End of the Cold War. New York: Putnam's, 2008.

Tretyakov died 13 June 2010 at his home in Florida. See T. Rees Shapiro, "Sergei Tretyakov Dies; Former Russian Spy Defected to U.S. in 2000," Washington Post, 10 Jul. 2010, B4.

Wise, Washington Post, 27 Jan. 2008, notes that Comrade J is SVR Col. Sergei Tretyakov, who was the deputy rezident (station chief) in New York when he defected in 2000. The reviewer does not care much for some of Tretyakov's accusations against Western politicians, but finds that "[t]he real value of [his] saga lies less in his scattershot claims and innuendoes than in his sharp eye and gossipy insider's view of the KGB/SVR's training, methods, foibles and tricks."

For Goulden, Washington Times, 20 Jan. 2008, this is "an unsettling book." However, "[s]py buffs will love Tretyakov's gossipy accounts of National Enquirer-style sexual and alcohol misbehavior in KGB and SVR offices." Ransom, NIPQ 24.2 (Apr. 2008), comments that the author "covers a great deal of ground, sometimes roaming without any specific destination."

Peake, Studies 52.1 (Mar. 2008) and Intelligencer 16.1 (Spring 2008), wishes there were more details on Tretyakov's work for the FBI in the three years before his defection. This book is in essence an unsourced defector memoir, and that raises "the question of accuracy." Nevertheless, "Earley has provided another well told espionage case study." While lamenting its lack of an index, West, IJI&C 21.4 (Winter 2008-2009), still finds the book to be "important, not so much because it contains sensational disclosures -- which it does not -- but more for what it reveals about the daily grind of life in the New York rezidentura."

Golitsyn, Anatoliy. New Lies for Old: The Communist Strategy of Deception and Disinformation. New York: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1984. London: Bodley Head, 1984.

Gordievsky, Oleg. Next Stop Execution: The Autobiography of Oleg Gordievsky. London: Macmillan, 1995.

Gouzenko, Igor. The Iron Curtain. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1948. Toronto: Dent, 1948. This Was My Choice. 2d ed. Montreal: Palm, 1968.

Granovsky, Anatoli.

According to Rocca and Dziak, Granovsky served in the NKVD from 1942 to his defection in Stockholm in 1946.

1. All Pity Choked: The Memoirs of a Soviet Agent. London: Kimber, 1955.

2. I Was an NKVD Agent: A Top Soviet Spy Tells His Story. New York: Devin-Adair, 1962.

Hyde, Earl M., Jr. "Still Perplexed about Krivitsky." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 16, no. 3 (Fall 2003): 428-441.

The author provides a readable (although somewhat speculative) review of Krivitsky's role and life between his defection and his death.

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