Krotkov received his BA in literature from the University of Moscow. He worked for TASS and Radio Moscow. After World War II, he was an information officer in Berlin, Germany. KGB agent. In 1956, he was selected to run the seduction operation against Maurice Dejean, the French ambassador to the USSR. He claims to have recruited Wilfred Burchett in England but there is no evidence to support this allegation. However, KGB archives indicate that in 1957 Burchett was receiving monetary compensation for his services.Template:Verification needed
On 13 September 1963, feeling guilty for the suicide of Luis Guibaud, he defected in London, England. In 1964, he vouched for Yuri Nosenko. His information led to the exposure of John Watkins. In 1969, he moved to the United States and became a novelist. He wrote "I Am From Moscow" (1967), "The Red Monarch: Scenes From the Life of Stalin" (1979), and "The Nobel Prize" (1980).
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- Solzhenitsyn Archives, Foreign Policy in Russian: Пост. С-та ЦК. По ходатайству КГБ выдано единовременное пособие (20 тыс руб) и установлена ежемесячная субсидия корреспонденту газеты "Нейшенел гардиен" (орган американской прогрессивной партии) Берчетту. Translation: At the request of the KGB, Central Committee of the CPSU issues a lump sum payment (20,000 rubles), and a monthly subsidy to the correspondent of the newspaper National Guardian (publication of the American Progressive Party) Burchett.