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SPY AND THE TRAITOR, THE

Synopsis

On a July evening in 1985, a middle-aged man stood on the pavement of a busy avenue in Moscow, holding a plastic carrier bag. He looked like any other Soviet citizen, but the man was a spy. A senior KGB officer, for more than a decade he had supplied his British spymasters with a stream of priceless secrets. The bag was a signal: to activate his escape plan to be smuggled out of Soviet Russia. So began one of the boldest and most extraordinary episodes in the history of spying.