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Kaznacheev, Aleksandr I. Inside a Soviet Embassy: Experiences of a Russian Diplomat in Burma. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1962. London: Robert Hale, 1963.

Kern, Gary.

1. A Death in Washington: Walter G. Krivitsky and the Stalin Terror. New York: Enigma, 2003.

Goulden, Washington Times, 10 Aug. 2003, and Intelligencer 14.1, says that this work "offers a multi-faceted examination of a case that intrigued intelligence officers and buffs for more than half a century.... Kern's book is of enormous value in seeking the answer" to the question of whether Krivitsky's death was a suicide or the work of Stalin's hitmen.

To Peake, Studies 49.4/103/fn.13 (2005), "[t]his is the most complete and well-written case study on a Soviet defector ever to be published in English. If reading only one counterintelligence case study, this is the one to chose." For Hyde, IJI&C 17.2, it is clear that the author "dug deep and discovered much that was unknown about Krivitsky's eighteen years of spying, sabotage, and subversion."

Batvinis, I&NS 19.2, comments that the author "is a solid writer and a skilled professional historian" who "has pierced together an intriguing story that introduces us to an array of fascinating characters." However, at times, he lapses into "breezy language and questionable word usage." He also indulges in "unnecessary fiction-like speculation surrounding the circumstances of Krivitsky's death."

2. ed. Walter G. Krivitsky: MI5 Debriefing & Other Documents on Soviet Intelligence. Riverside, CA: Xenos, 2004.

According to Peake, Studies 49.4 (2005), the British debriefed Krivitsky in 1940. This book reproduces the report of that "debriefing, done by MI5 officer[] Jane Archer." It also provides Krivitsky's "congressional testimony and some material related to Krivitsky's stay in France after his initial defection." (footnote omitted)

Kern, Gary. The Kravchenko Case: One Man's War on Stalin. New York: Enigma Press, 2007.

According to Peake, Studies 52.2 (Jun. 2008) and Intelligencer 16.1 (Spring 2008), the author "adds depth and detail to each period and principal event of Kravchenko's life." Kravchenko defected from the Soviet Union in 1944, published two books (one a worldwide best seller), and died in 1965 in circumstances officially classified as suicide.

Kessler, Ronald. Escape from the CIA: How the CIA Won and Lost the Most Important KGB Spy Ever to Defect to the U.S. New York: Pocket Books, 1991.

Clark comment: Escape from the CIA concerns the defection and redefection in 1985 of KGB First Chief Directorate officer Vitaly Yurchenko. The title clearly exaggerates Yurchenko's relative importance.

Fein, FILS 11.6, says that Kessler's "indictment of the CIA ... seems vastly exaggerated" and his "starry-eyed view of Yurchenko is ... discredited." The author "betrays an acute anti-CIA bias." Allen, DIJ 2.1, adds that Kessler is "unconvincing.... While the account reads well it often does not seem credible." On the other hand, Surveillant 1.4 finds "numerous insights" in the book, gained "from interviews Kessler had with Yurchenko in Moscow."

Dick Gay, "Yurchenko, Bona Fides or Bogus," CIRA Newsletter 31.1 (Spring 2006), reprints Gay's entry on Yurchenko from Encyclopedia of Intelligence and Counterintelligence (Armonk, NY:  M.E. Sharpe, 2005), followed by his thoughts "Between the Lines," in which he suggests that the defection was an act to take the attention away from Aldrich Ames.

Khokhlov, Nikolai Y. In the Name of Conscience: The Testament of a Soviet Secret Agent. New York: David McKay, 1959. London: Muller, 1960.

Kravchenko, Viktor Andreevich.

For a biography of Kravchenko, see Gary Kern, The Kravchenko Case: One Man's War on Stalin (New York: Enigma Press, 2007).

1. I Choose Freedom: The Personal and Political Life of a Soviet Official. Garden City, NY: Garden City Publishing, 1947.

2. I Chose Justice. New York: Scribner's, 1950.

Wilcox: "Continuing adventures and exposes of Soviet official who defected."

3. Kravchenko, Viktor Andreevich, plaintiff. Kravchenko versus Moscow: Report of Famous Paris Case. London: Wingate, 1950.

Wilcox: "Libel action against the author by two he named."

Krivitsky, Walter G. In Stalin's Secret Service: An Expose of Russia's Secret Policies by the Former Chief of the Soviet Intelligence in Western Europe. New York: Harper, 1939. Frederick, MD: UPA, 1985 & 1995. I Was Stalin's Agent. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1939, and New York: Faulkner Books, 1992. In Stalin's Secret Service: Memoirs of the First Soviet Master Spy to Defect. New York: Enigma, 2000.

Krotkov, Yuri. I Am from Moscow: A View of the Russian Miracle. New York: Dutton, 1967.

Kuzichkin, Vladimir. Inside the KGB: Myth and Reality. London: André Deutsch, 1990. Inside the KGB: My Life in Soviet Espionage. Tr., Thomas B. Beattie. New York: Pantheon, 1990. Ivy Books, 1992.

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