Soviet spy Anthony Blunt gave KGB letters from Queen’s uncles that showed depth of Nazi sympathies

Anthony Blunt gave his Russian spymasters a collection of Royal letters so compromising, it could have been used to blackmail the Windsors, according to a leading figure in the KGB. Written by the Queen’s uncles, the Dukes of Windsor and Kent, to their German relatives, the correspondence is likely to show the depth of their … Read more

Cyanide-filled fake teeth and cigarette packs with mini cameras are among KGB gadgets up for auction

Cyanide-filled fake teeth and cigarette packs concealing cameras are among the hundreds of Soviet spy gadgets going under the hammer at a Beverly Hills auction this week. Many retro espionage devices in the sale by US-based Julien’s Auctions – known for Hollywood and pop culture memorabilia – would not be out of place in a … Read more

As KGB agent George Blake dies, a plea from a man who heard the stories of those he betrayed 

At the weekend, as I read sentimental tributes paid to the MI6-agent-turned-Soviet-spy George Blake after his death on Boxing Day at the age of 98, my thoughts turned to his victims, people like Mr Koppel One day in 2010, I travelled to Wokingham in Berkshire to visit a retired lathe operator called Alexander Koppel.  He lived … Read more