Inside the Mystery of the Dead Russian Spy Chief
SPY VS SPY
Russia’s Military Spies Are Ludicrous—But Dangerous
Every failure is another degree of pressure to deliver a win, pressure exacerbated by high levels of infighting among Russia’s security services.
The Saudis, Khashoggi and Stalin: Murder Quality & Quantity
Khashoggi’s murder developed into a grotesque true crime drama. But, like Stalin, the prince allegedly behind it might find ways to turn the horror to his advantage.
How Robert De Niro Tried to Rescue a Russian Spy
In ‘Best of Enemies,’ we meet KGB agent Gennady Vasilenko, who befriended his counterparts in the CIA and FBI and even Robert De Niro. Those friendships proved his undoing.
How the KGB Closed In On Its Most Notorious Double Agent
Ben Macintyre’s ‘The Spy and the Traitor’ reveals the astonishing career of Oleg Gordievsky, a second-generation KGB agent who worked for England’s MI6 for years.
The Russian Spy Agency in the Middle of Everything
Only a few years ago, the GRU looked like it might be dissolved. But Putin found new uses for it: covert war in Ukraine and ‘active measures’ that helped Trump get elected.
Putin’s Secret Police Prevent 2 Million From Leaving Russia
The Kremlin is making it harder and harder for millions of Russians to travel to other countries—especially employees of its security and intelligence agencies.
TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE
From Russia’s Secret Spy Archives: The Art of the Dangle
An old KGB training manual shows how Western double agents tried to dupe the Soviet Union during the Cold War. This classic tradecraft can tell us some things about recent events.