MOSCOW – Moscow has a square named after the former British double agent Kim Philby. This went on in 1963 to the Soviet Union and died in 1988. The mayor of Moscow, Sergey Sobjanin, according to the media, by decree, ordered the change of name of an intersection in the southwest of the Russian capital, where also the headquarters of the foreign intelligence service.
Moscow has a square named after the former British double agent Kim Philby.
The decision Philby calculated now to honor, comes at a time when the relations between the United Kingdom and Russia are cooler than ever since the end of the Cold War. This mainly has to do with the assassination attempt on the Russian former secret agent Sergei Skripal in England. London accuses the Kremlin was behind the poisoning.
Philby was the most prominent member of the so-called spionageclubje Cambridge Five. That had marxist ideas and was recruited to for the Russians to work. Philby worked his way up to the top of British contraspionagedienst MI6. He was only unmasked after thirty years to have information passed on to the KGB in Moscow.