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

Yeltsin returns to face a feud

A FRAGILE Boris Yeltsin made an unexpected visit to his Kremlin office yesterday - his first this year - only to be faced with two new headaches: the loss of his loyal Prosecutor General, and a feud between his prime minister and a prominent tycoon.

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Philip Knightley depends on his personal digital blood pressure monitor

American convicted of spying for KGB

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Russian spies 'running protection rackets'

RUSSIA'S SECRET service, successor to the KGB, is being used to carry out assassinations, seize hostages and extort money from big business, agents have claimed.

Russian spy chiefs 'run rackets'

RUSSIA'S SECRET service, successor to the KGB, is being used to carry out assassinations, seize hostages and extort money from big business, agents have claimed.

Revealed: secrets of Nureyev's defection

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.

New York, a great city to spy in

In this extract from her new book, Under Cover Lives, Helen Womack describes how she became a ghost writer for the KGB, and retired spy Oleg Brykin reveals some tricks of the trade from his time in New York as a translator at the United Nations

$5m for Monica movie

HOLLYWOOD HAD better watch out. The Russians are offering $5m to Monica Lewinsky if she will agree to star in the film of her own story and the affair with President Clinton.

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

Wise woman survives in the land of fools

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At last, the truth emerges about Gordon Lonsdale's shadowy life

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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