Thursday, December 31, 2009

Soviet Couple Were Cold War Master Spies

The Los Angeles Times has an article today about a Russian couple who lived all over the world in the 1940s, '50s and '60s, all the while spying for the Soviet Union under diplomatic cover. To this day, the Russian government is unwilling to disclose exactly what they did, apparently. But the pair are now celebrated there, even in the absence of specifics, as some of the greatest spies of the 20th Century. That's a photo of them above.

Unfortunately, this article is devoid of details about their spying as well. But it does suggests that when they lived In Los Angeles in the early 1940s, they socialized with Hollywood luminaries like Orson Wells and Charlie Chaplin. Perhaps most interesting to me is the sadly predictable consequence that, while they were posted abroad for all those decades, the couple were forced to leave their young children in Moscow, in the care of the Soviet state. They were not even allowed to write their kids letters and saw them only a few times before they grew to adulthood. You can read the entire article HERE.

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