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.
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.