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American convicted of spying for KGB

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SECRET KGB documents have revealed that Rudolf Nureyev did not plan his defection to the West, but took advantage of a squabble between Kirov ballet leaders and Soviet security agents to flee.

$5m for Monica movie

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New York, a great city to spy in

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Former US intelligence officer 'spied for KGB'

A RETIRED United States Army intelligence officer was under arrest last night, accused of spying for the Soviet Union in its dying days. He was apprehended at a Washington hotel at the weekend after being tricked into returning from Europe by the FBI.

Russian spies on the hippy trail

THERE ARE tales of love affairs and drinking bouts, of shooting pens and booby-trapped cars, of treachery and honest patriotism. Undercover Lives: Soviet Spies in the Cities of the World, edited by Helen Womack of The Independent, offers insights into the daily lives of agents whose exploits sound like a low-rent mix of James Bond and Boris Badenov, the nudnik Russian spy in the American cartoon series Rocky and his Friends.

Wednesday Book; It happened one night

THE GUEST FROM THE FUTURE: ANNA AKHMATOVA AND ISAIAH BERLIN BY GYORGY DALOS, TRANSLATED BY ANTONY WOOD, JOHN MURRAY, pounds 17.99

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TROFIM MOLODIY, son of the Soviet spy Konon Molodiy who passed himself off in Britain as Gordon Lonsdale and stole submarine secrets in the 1950s, was sick and tired of reading "rubbish" by Russian authors about his father. "All they ever got right was his date of birth and his date of death," he said. So, with a ghostwriter, he has written the "true" story of the agent, portraying him as a human being rather than the wooden hero of Soviet propaganda and even suggesting the KGB might have killed him after he was released from Britain in a spy swap.

Letter: Spoor of the spooks

Sir: Peter Moyes (letter, 25 June) is no doubt correct that the Zinoviev Letter was not the decisive factor in the outcome of the 1924 general election, but that does not mean it is a waste of time and money to try to get to the bottom of this fishy business.
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