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IN DECEMBER 1992, MI6 ran a secret undercover mission to spirit a former KGB officer, Colonel Vasili Mitrokhin, and his wife out of Russia. MI6 was skilled at this. The former London KGB station chief Oleg Gordievsky had been brought out in the boot of a Saab by MI6 in the 1980s.

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TO ABSENT friends they raised their glasses: to George Blake, who sent greetings from Moscow, and then to the pensioner whose name they didn't know, unmasked as one of their own for more than 40 years.

Woman of 87 revealed as key KGB spy for 40 years

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Russia in turmoil: Noiseless ascent of a spy into heart of the Kremlin

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VIKTOR CHEBRIKOV'S rise in the Soviet state and party apparatus was a model of the patronage system, especially with Leonid Brezhnev in power.

KGB files show details of Oswald's Soviet stay

NEWLY RELEASED Soviet files may shed light on one of America's most enduring mysteries, the assassination in 1963 of President John F Kennedy. The documents concern Lee Harvey Oswald, who shot the President in Dallas. Many Americans still suspect Oswald was part of an elaborate conspiracy.

Books: A lesson in literary theory from the KGB

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Russia In Crisis: What made Sergei Vladimirovich blush

"SO," GROWLED Boris Yeltsin, and the pause seemed to last an eternity before he continued, "you are not sitting in the right seats. Stepashin is the First Deputy. Sergei Vladimirovich, move up."

Sawoniuk betrayed by letter intercepted by the KGB

ANTHONY SAWONIUK was traced almost by chance, when a letter he wrote to his half-brother in 1951 was intercepted by the KGB. But it would be 35 years later before he came to the attention of the British authorities.

Sawoniuk: `I'm not a monster'

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