Konstantin Preobrazhensky

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Konstantin Georgiyevich Preobrazhenskiy (Russian: Константин Георгиевич Преображенский; born in 1953 in Moscow) is a former KGB lieutenant colonel, 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).

KGB career[edit]

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.[1] 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[edit]

In 1991 Preobrazhenskiy left the KGB and started authoring 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 fled to the United States in January 2003, after several episodes of harassment by Russian state security services. He was granted political asylum in March 2006.[2]

He is a regular guest on the Voice of America and has been a lecturer at Columbia, Georgetown and Johns Hopkins Universities as well as an invited speaker at The Intelligence Summit. His most recent book is titled "KGB/FSB's New Trojan Horse: Americans of Russian Descent" [3]

His statements[edit]

He had numerous meetings with former FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko and commented on his assassination:

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.[4]

According to Konstantinov, Putin initially worked in the 5th KGB department that was responsible for suppression of internal dissent in the country[5]

His articles and interviews[edit]


His books[edit]

  • 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, [2] с., [4] л. портр. : ил. - (Секретная папка). [3]
  • Back from the Dead: The Return of the Evil Empire, with Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy in Media, J. R. Nyquist, and Toby Westerman, Amazon Standard Identification Number=B00MHGG784 (2014)