News Curwen: Oleg Gordievsky called him and his colleagues 'the real defenders of democracy'

Head of MI6 whose achievements included bringing the double agent Oleg Gordievsky out of the Soviet Union

Johann Hari: We can't allow Russia's dissidents to be killed on Europe's streets

We must choose to protect them, or let them be picked off on our streets

Pandora: It’ll be a scream: the Lib Dems bag Dean

It’s the Liberal Democrats’ greatest coup since Lembit Opik stepped out and pulled a Cheeky Girl.

Greig nominated as new Standard editor

Tatler's Geordie Greig has been nominated to become the Evening Standard's new editor, it was announced today.

Lebedev to invest 'tens of millions' after snapping up Standard for £1

Ex-KGB agent promises he will not interfere with editorial policy

Yuri Nosenko: KGB agent whose defection to the United States was one of the Cold War's most dramatic episodes

Was he a genuine high-value defector – or a KGB plant sent by Moscow to discredit an earlier defector and to lay to rest suspicions that the Kremlin had had a hand in the assassination of John F. Kennedy? The tale of Yuri Nosenko, one of the most controversial figures of the Cold War espionage struggle, divided the CIA from the moment he first contacted the agency in Geneva in 1962 until the day he died.

Molecules Of Murder, by John Emsley

Drops of death from Cleopatra to the KGB

Murderer of Litvinenko to escape justice

The British government has given up hope of bringing the killer of Alexander Litvinenko to justice and is now concentrating its efforts on trying to ensure that similar murders do not take place in this country in the future, according to a senior source.

Russia accuses British diplomat of spying



Russia has accused a British diplomat based in Moscow of spying.

Rebellion: the Litvinenko Case (NC)

Andrei Nekrasov's documentary has edgy topicality – the fatal poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko in a London restaurant last November – but not much in the way of clarity or even cold, hard facts.

The Litvinenko files: Was he really murdered?

His gruesome and very public death shocked the world – and threw London and Moscow into their worst diplomatic crisis since the Cold War. But 18 months on, Mary Dejevsky argues we're still not being told the whole, chilling story

Double agent Gordievsky claims he was poisoned by the Kremlin

Police are investigating allegations that a former Russian spy who defected to Britain was poisoned in an attempt to assassinate him.

My Style: Liela Moss

Lead singer, the Duke Spirit, 26

Vitaly Fedorchuk: Short-lived head of the KGB

Following in the footsteps of the veteran Soviet KGB chief Yuri Andropov was always going to be hard. Vitaly Fedorchuk – who had presided for 12 years over the Ukrainian KGB – was brought to Moscow in May 1982 as Andropov's successor. A crony of the ailing Leonid Brezhnev, Fedorchuk was in the arrogant, crude and unimaginative mould of later Soviet bureaucrats.

Mary Dejevsky: If it's back to the Cold War, it may be our fault

The British Council and I go back a long way. It was thanks to the British Council that I was able to take 10 months out of my course at Oxford to study at a Russian university in one of the more frigid seasons of the cold war. More recently, I have been the grateful recipient of invitations to seminars and conferences, meeting people I might not otherwise have met in places I might not otherwise have visited.

British Council chief detained as Russia steps up diplomatic dispute

The head of the British Council's office in St Petersburg was detained on drink-driving charges in the latest escalation of the UK-Russia diplomatic dispute which yesterday saw the KGB successor agency enter the fray.

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