Hopkins was well regarded in the Kremlin, so much so that some in the United States thought he was a Soviet spy, a groundless suspicion.For which Gellately cites a 1990 book about the KGB. However, a few pages later, there is an account of a trip to Washington DC in early 1942 by Stalin's Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov--for talks about the new alliance against Hitler--and we read that the first talks didn't go well, as FDR found the Russian to be extremely unpleasant.
Gellately says that Hopkins (who lived in the White House) visits Molotov late that night in the room also provided for him by Roosevelt. Hopkins advises Molotov on how to approach FDR the next day; that he should 'draw a gloomy picture' of the Soviet Union's prospects against the Wehrmacht, as that would win over not only FDR, but also his military advisers Geo. Marshall and Admiral Ernest King, into giving greater assistance to the Russians.
It was peculiar that a U.S. official would be advising a foreign diplomat on how to gain advantage on his country's leaders. But it seems that Roosevelt's top adviser was convinced the Soviets were interested only in security and thought they would work with the Americans for 'a world of democracy and peace.'Or, maybe the suspicions of Hopkins weren't so 'groundless' at all.