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Russians Among Us: Sleeper Cells, Ghost Stories, and the Hunt for Putin's Spies

Russians Among Us: Sleeper Cells, Ghost Stories, and the Hunt for Putin's Spies

by Gordon Corera
Russians Among Us: Sleeper Cells, Ghost Stories, and the Hunt for Putin's Spies

Russians Among Us: Sleeper Cells, Ghost Stories, and the Hunt for Putin's Spies

by Gordon Corera


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With intrigue that rivals the best le Carré novels, Russians Among Us tells the explosive story of Russia’s espionage efforts against the United States and the West—from the end of the Cold War to the present and the significant threat of hacking the 2020 election

Spies have long been a source of great fascination in the world of fiction, but sometimes the best spy stories happen in real life. Russians Among Us tells the full story of Putin’s escalating espionage campaign in the West, the Russian ‘deep cover’ spies who penetrated the US and the years-long FBI hunt to capture them. This book also details the recruitment, running, and escape of one of the most important spies of modern times, a man who worked inside the heart of Russian intelligence. In this thrilling account Corera tracks not only the history, but the astonishing evolution of Russian espionage, including the use of ‘cyber illegals’ who continue to manipulate us today and pose a significant threat to the 2020 election.

Like a scene from the TV drama The Americans, in the summer of 2010 a group of Russian deep cover sleeper agents were arrested. It was the culmination of a decade-long investigation, and ten people, including Anna Chapman, were swapped for four people held in Russia. At the time it was seen simply as a throwback to the Cold War. But that would prove to be a costly mistake. It was a sign that the Russian threat had never gone away and more importantly, it was shifting into a much more disruptive new phase. Today, the danger is clearer than ever following the poisoning in the UK of one of the spies who was swapped, Sergei Skripal, and the growing evidence of Russian interference in American life.


Russians Among Us describes for the first time the story of deep cover spies in America and the FBI agents who tracked them. In intimate and riveting detail, it reveals new information about today’s spies—as well as those trying to catch them and those trying to kill them.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062889423
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/09/2021
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 239,455
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 5.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Gordon Corera has been the BBC’s security correspondent since 2004. He has reported from London, Moscow, and Washington, and is the only journalist to have interviewed serving heads of both the CIA and MI6. He has covered firsthand many of the central episodes in the spy wars between the three countries and has unparalleled insight into the working of all sides. He is the author of several books, including The Art of Betrayal: The Secret History of MI6, and has contributed to a number of important BBC documentary series about MI6, the CIA, and Russia.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Introduction 5

1 Three Days in August 11

2 The Birth of an Illegal 25

3 Strangers in a Strange Land 41

4 "Karla" 51

5 Undercover 61

6 The Source 69

7 The Investigation 83

8 Breaking and Entering 91

9 Putin's Spy Fever 107

10 Targeting 119

11 Enter Anna 133

12 The Spectre 149

13 Moscow Rules 169

14 The Controller 181

15 Murphy Steps Up 191

16 Anna Takes Manhattan 201

17 Closing In 213

18 Decision Time 233

19 Escape 245

20 The Day It Ends 263

21 The Squeeze 275

22 Vienna 293

23 Anger 301

24 Still Among Us 321

25 A New Conflict 337

26 The New Illegals 353

27 The New Ways 371

28 Revenge 381

Acknowledgments 399

Notes 401

Index 427

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