Russia: Advice to Young Spies

"Clean hands, a cool head and a warm heart." Those are the job qualifications for a good KGB agent, writes Russian Spy Rudolph Abel, addressing fledgling operatives in the Soviet secret police. The convicted spy that the U.S. exchanged for downed U-2 Pilot Francis Gary Powers in 1962, Abel is the exemplar and frequent spokesman for a current massive Soviet propaganda campaign. Its aim: to trumpet the glorious exploits of the KGB in the Russian press, TV, radio and cinema.

Abel is a good advertisement. For nine years he ran a network of...