Konstantin Georgiyevich Preobrazhenskiy (Russian: Константин Георгиевич Преображенский; born in 1953 in Moscow) is a former KGB officer, an intelligence expert and the author of several books and numerous articles about Russian secret police organizations.
He is known for his publications about KGB operations in Japan, recruitment of Russian emigrants by Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, and infiltration of Russian Orthodox Church by the KGB/Federal Security Service (FSB).
He graduated from the Institute of Asian and African countries of the Moscow State University in 1976 and started working in the Foreign Intelligence department of the KGB. He was an advisor on China, Japan and Korea to Leonid Zaitsev, the Head of the Scientific and Technical Intelligence (Directorate “T”), in the First Chief Directorate.
In 1980-85 Preobrazhenskiy worked under cover as a TASS correspondent at the KGB station in Tokyo. He recruited Chinese scholars for the Soviet Scientific and Technical Intelligence. In July 1985, the Japanese police arrested him at a meeting with his Chinese agent, and he was transferred back to Moscow. He described these events in book “The Spy Who Loved Japan” published in 1994.
Writer and journalist
In 1991 Preobrazhenskiy left the KGB and started writing books and articles about Russian state security services and on various political subjects. In 1993-2002 he worked as a columnist for the Moscow Times newspaper.
He is a regular speaker on the Voice of America and was a lecturer at Columbia, Georgetown and Johns Hopkins Universities. He was an invited speaker at The Intelligence Summit. His last book is "KGB/FSB's New Trojan Horse: Americans of Russian Descent" 
- I have no hesitation to say that he was murdered by Vladimir Putin, who considered him to be his personal enemy. Putin is very vulnerable to criticism. He has the inferiority complex. And Litvinenko knew a lot about Putin, about his drawbacks, about his connections with some political forces which are not disclosed even now, because Litvinenko knew Putin personally. And Putin was the person who dismissed Litvinenko from the FSB.
According to Konstantinov, Putin initially worked in the 5-th KGB department that was responsible for suppression of internal dissent in the country
His articles and interviews
- Interview with Preobrazhensky
- Does Putin believe in God?
- Putin's Espionage Church, an excerpt from his forthcoming book, "Russian Americans: A New KGB Asset"
- Russia and Islam are not Separate: Why Russia backs Al-Qaeda
- North Korean Lobby in Russia
- Russian Espionage on China
- Resurgent KGB
- Top Spy Kovalyov Knows Russians Need To Confess
- Through Russia with Kim Jong Il
- His interview, RFE/RL
- Interview about his new book, Voice of America
- Russian Orthodox Church and KGB His interview, Voice of America
- Poisonings of priests in Russian Orthodox Church outside of Russia, Part I
- Poisonings of priests in Russian Orthodox Church outside of Russia, Part II
- Poisonings in Russian Orthodox Church outside of Russia (more detail)
- Discussion of his articles about Russian Orthodox Church  
- Unknown Jaapan. Преображенский К.Г. Неизвестная Япония. - М.: АО "Япония сегодня", 1993. - 286 с.: ил.
- KGB in Japan. Spy who loved Tokio. Преображенский, Константин Георгиевич. КГБ в Японии. Шпион, который любил Токио. - М. : Центрполиграф, 2000. - 455,  с.,  л. портр. : ил. - (Секретная папка).