Intelligence Memoirs

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Modin, Yuri Ivanovich, with Jean-Charles Deniau and Aguieszka Ziarek. Tr., Anthony Roberts. My Five Cambridge Friends: Burgess, Maclean, Philby, Blunt, and Cairncross by Their KGB Controller. London: Headline, 1994. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1994.

Nechiporenko, Oleg Maximovich. Passport to Assassination: The Never-Before-Told Story of Lee Harvey Oswald by the KGB Colonel Who Knew Him. Secaucus, NJ: Birch Lane Press, 1993.

Pavlov, Vitaly. Memoirs of a Spymaster: My Fifty Years in the KGB. New York: Carroll & Graf, 1994.

"General-Lieutenant Vitaly G. Pavlov is a former high-ranking official of the KGB foreign intelligence service. In that capacity, he oversaw Soviet espionage in the West during the 1930s." From

Shvets, Yuri B. Tr., Eugene Ostrovsky. Washington Station: My Life as a KGB Spy in America. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994.

According to Warren, Surveillant 4.3, Shvets does not name his recruit, Socrates or his wife, but "Herbert Romerstein has analyzed the background data and concluded ... that they are 'journalist Claudia Wright and her husband, former Carter Administration official John Helmer.'" [Helmer denied this in a 5 March 1995 "60 Minutes" broadcast.] This is "a short book which reads fast and which may or may not be part of a Russian disinformation effort."

See also, Dmitry Radyshevsky and Nataliya Gevorkyan, "The Memoirs of a Soviet Intelligence Officer Have Created a Big Panic," Moscow News, 22-28 Apr. 1994, 14 (cited in CWIHP 6-7, p. 289).

Sudoplatov, Pavel. Click for reviews and discussion.

Tumanov, Oleg. Tr., David Floyd. Tumanov: Confessions of a KGB Agent. Chicago, IL: Edition Q, 1994.

Werner, Ruth. Sonjas Rapport. Berlin: Verlag Neues Leben, 1977. Sonya's Report: The Fascinating Autobiography of One of Russia's Most Remarkable Secret Agents. London: Chatto & Windrus, 1991.

Surveillant 2.1 identifies Sonya's Report as the autobiography of a "Soviet agent and associate/lover of Richard Sorge." It is the "professional memoir of a Communist intelligence agent.... Her greatest coup: the passing of British A-bomb secrets from Klaus Fuchs to Stalin."

Ruth Werner (born Ursula Ruth Kuczynski in Berlin in 1907) died in Berlin on 7 July 2000 at the age of 93. Her obituary, "Ruth Werner," Times (London), 10 Jul. 2000, 27, termed her "[o]ne of the most effective agents for the Soviet Union in the early, tension-filled years of the Cold War." Werner's skills as a Soviet agent are illustrated by the continuation of her work dispatching Klaus Fuchs' take to Moscow for two years after her cover had been blown to British security. After fleeing the United Kingdom in 1949, she became "a key member" of the bureaucracy of the East German Communist Party, "in which she served for several decades."

See David Binder, "Ruth Werner, Colorful and Daring Soviet Spy, Dies at 93," New York Times, 23 Jul. 2000, 27; "Cold War Spy Ruth Werner," Washington Post, 9 Jul. 2000, C6; "Ruth Werner, Soviet Spy, Died on July 7th, Aged 93," The Economist, 13 Jul. 2000, 26; and Michael Hartland, "Sonia, The Spy Who Haunted Britain," Sunday Times, 15 Jul. 2000, 1, 3.

For more on Werner's life in the world of Communist espionage, read Benjamin B. Fischer, "Farewell to Sonia, the Spy Who Haunted Britain," International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 15, no. 1 (Spring 2002): 61-76. Fischer notes that, strictly speaking, Werner "was not ... a spy. As a GRU ... agent and illegal who served as liaison between the Moscow Center and the real spies, she was rather a spy-handler." As SONIA of the Venona transcripts, she handled both Klaus Fuchs and Melita Norwood, work that "put[s] her in the superstar category" in espionage history.

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