Rus­sia to hon­our spy

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - World -

Rus­sia has named a square af­ter no­to­ri­ous Bri­tish spy Kim Philby.

Moscow’s mayor Sergei Sobyanin or­dered that an in­ter­sec­tion in the south­west of the Rus­sian cap­i­tal — near the head­quar­ters of its For­eign In­tel­li­gence Ser­vice — be re­named Kim Philby Square.

The Bri­tish dou­ble agent de­fected to the Soviet Union in 1963 and died in 1988. The move comes as re­la­tions be­tween Lon­don and Moscow are at their worst since the end of the Cold War.

Con­sid­ered Bri­tain’s big­gest Cold War traitor, Philby was a se­nior se­cret ser­vice of­fi­cer. He was ex­posed in the 1960s af­ter pass­ing in­for­ma­tion to Moscow over three decades.

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