Yuri Drozdov: The man who turned Soviet spies into Americans

Yuri Drozdov once said it could take up to seven years to train an “illegal”, the Soviet spies planted abroad under false or assumed identities, sometimes for decades.

As former chief of the KGB intelligence agency’s Directorate S, which managed the illegals programme, Drozdov knew more than most about what it took to prepare someone for the task.

He had to train Soviet agents to talk, think and act, even subconsciously, like the regular American, Brit, German or Frenchman they would become from the moment they touched down on foreign soil.

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  • andycanuck

    The woods are lovely, dark and deep
    But I have promises to keep
    And miles to go before I sleep

  • He can’t lie about his activities where he is now.

  • ntt1

    i wonder how many of his trainees are still in media and academe?