Moscow Square named after Double Agent Philby

The mayor of Moscow has decided that a square near the headquarters of the SVR foreign intelligence service of Russia is named after Kim Philby, the Brit who was the most successful Soviet double agent of the Cold War.

Mayor Sergei Sobyanin signed the order Tuesday. The move came between tensions between Russia and Great Britain in connection with this year's nerve activation of Russian former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, England.

In this picture from the video, the notorious British spy Kim Philby is shown who tells the members of the secret service of East Germany that stealing secrets from the highest level and betraying your country is as easy as drinking a few drinks with the right person. The film of his 1981 speech was posted online by the BBC, April 4, 2016, after the station had found it in the Berlin archives of the East German intelligence service, the Stasi.

Philby joined the MI6 Foreign Intelligence Service in Great Britain in 1940, after which he eventually led his counter-intelligence division and acted as an intelligence relationship with the United States. He resigned in 1951 on suspicion that he had tipped two other double agents who fled to Moscow.

Philby defected to the Soviet Union in 1963, where he died in 1988.

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