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Comrade J - The Untold Secrets of Russia's Master Spy in America After the End of the Cold War

Pete Earley

Spymaster, defector, double agent-the remarkable true story of the man who ran Russia's post-cold war spy program in America. In 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed, the cold war ended, and a new world order began. We thought everything had changed. But one thing never changed: the spies. From 1995 to 2000, a man known as "Comrade J" was the highest-ranking operative in the SVR-the successor agency to the KGB-in the United States. He directed all Russian spy action in New York City and personally oversaw every covert operation against the United States and its allies in the United Nations. He recruited spies, planted agents, penetrated security, manipulated intelligence, and influenced American policy, all under the direct leadership of Boris Yeltsin and then Vladimir Putin. He was a legend in the SVR, the man who kept the secrets. Then, in 2000, he defected-and it turned out he had one more secret. For the previous two years, he had also been a double agent for the FBI: "By far the most important Russian spy that our side has had in decades." He has never granted a public interview. The FBI and CIA have refused to answer all media questions about him. He has remained in hiding. He has never revealed his secrets. Until now. Comrade J, written by the bestselling author of Family of Spies and The Hot House, is his story, a direct account of what he did in the United States after we all assumed the spying was over and of what Putin and Russia continue to do today. The revelations are stunning. It is also the story of growing up in a family of agents dating back to the revolution; of how Russia molded him into one of its most high-flying operatives; of the day-to-day perils of living a double, then triple, life; and finally, of how his growing disquiet with the corruption and ambitions of the "new Russia" led him to take the most perilous step of all. Many spies have told their stories. None has the astonishing immediacy, relevance, and cautionary warnings of Comrade J.

Spymaster, defector, double agent-the remarkable true story of the man who ran Russia's post-cold war spy program in America. In 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed, the cold war ended, and a new world order began. We thought everything had changed. But one thing never changed: the spies. From 1995 to 2000, a man known as "Comrade J" was the highest-ranking operative in the SVR-the successor agency to the KGB-in the United States. He directed all Russian spy action in New York City and personally oversaw every covert operation against the United States and its allies in the United Nations. He recruited spies, planted agents, penetrated security, manipulated intelligence, and influenced American policy, all under the direct leadership of Boris Yeltsin and then Vladimir Putin. He was a legend in the SVR, the man who kept the secrets. Then, in 2000, he defected-and it turned out he had one more secret. For the previous two years, he had also been a double agent for the FBI: "By far the most important Russian spy that our side has had in decades." He has never granted a public interview. The FBI and CIA have refused to answer all media questions about him. He has remained in hiding. He has never revealed his secrets. Until now. Comrade J, written by the bestselling author of Family of Spies and The Hot House, is his story, a direct account of what he did in the United States after we all assumed the spying was over and of what Putin and Russia continue to do today. The revelations are stunning. It is also the story of growing up in a family of agents dating back to the revolution; of how Russia molded him into one of its most high-flying operatives; of the day-to-day perils of living a double, then triple, life; and finally, of how his growing disquiet with the corruption and ambitions of the "new Russia" led him to take the most perilous step of all. Many spies have told their stories. None has the astonishing immediacy, relevance, and cautionary warnings of Comrade J.
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Spymaster, defector, double agent-the remarkable true story of the man who ran Russia's post-cold war spy program in America. In 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed, the cold war ended, and a new world order began. We thought everything had changed. But one thing never changed: the spies. From 1995 to 2000, a man known as "Comrade J" was the highest-ranking operative in the SVR-the successor agency to the KGB-in the United States. He directed all Russian spy action in New York City and personally oversaw every covert operation against the United States and its allies in the United Nations. He recruited spies, planted agents, penetrated security, manipulated intelligence, and influenced American policy, all under the direct leadership of Boris Yeltsin and then Vladimir Putin. He was a legend in the SVR, the man who kept the secrets. Then, in 2000, he defected-and it turned out he had one more secret. For the previous two years, he had also been a double agent for the FBI: "By far the most important Russian spy that our side has had in decades." He has never granted a public interview. The FBI and CIA have refused to answer all media questions about him. He has remained in hiding. He has never revealed his secrets. Until now. Comrade J, written by the bestselling author of Family of Spies and The Hot House, is his story, a direct account of what he did in the United States after we all assumed the spying was over and of what Putin and Russia continue to do today. The revelations are stunning. It is also the story of growing up in a family of agents dating back to the revolution; of how Russia molded him into one of its most high-flying operatives; of the day-to-day perils of living a double, then triple, life; and finally, of how his growing disquiet with the corruption and ambitions of the "new Russia" led him to take the most perilous step of all. Many spies have told their stories. None has the astonishing immediacy, relevance, and cautionary warnings of Comrade J.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Michael Prichard

Length:

10h 44m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

25:12


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

22:00


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

11:39


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

14:23


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

12:35


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

36:33


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

14:16


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

13:39


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

10:09


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

10:02


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

12:45


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

17:47


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

08:34


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

08:41


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

15:22


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

17:03


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

19:59


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

11:26


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

12:47


Part 3, Chapter 19
Part 3, Chapter 19

11:18


Part 3, Chapter 20
Part 3, Chapter 20

11:06


Part 3, Chapter 21
Part 3, Chapter 21

24:19


Part 3, Chapter 22
Part 3, Chapter 22

18:21


Part 3, Chapter 23
Part 3, Chapter 23

24:51


Part 3, Chapter 24
Part 3, Chapter 24

24:24


Part 3, Chapter 25
Part 3, Chapter 25

32:21


Part 3, Chapter 26
Part 3, Chapter 26

09:48


Part 3, Chapter 27
Part 3, Chapter 27

22:28


Part 3, Chapter 28
Part 3, Chapter 28

20:02


Part 3, Chapter 29
Part 3, Chapter 29

19:06


Part 4, Chapter 30
Part 4, Chapter 30

12:39


Part 4, Chapter 31
Part 4, Chapter 31

12:16


Part 4, Chapter 32
Part 4, Chapter 32

12:57


Part 4, Chapter 33
Part 4, Chapter 33

06:01


Part 4, Chapter 34
Part 4, Chapter 34

17:13


Part 4, Chapter 35
Part 4, Chapter 35

14:39


Part 4, Chapter 36
Part 4, Chapter 36

10:11


Part 4, Chapter 37
Part 4, Chapter 37

11:58


Part 4, Chapter 38
Part 4, Chapter 38

08:36


Part 4, Chapter 39
Part 4, Chapter 39

12:24


Part 4, Chapter 40
Part 4, Chapter 40

12:31


Part 4, Chapter 41
Part 4, Chapter 41

00:26