Foreign News: George the Spy

"The Badger's Den." the Japanese call it—the grim, grey, high-walled Russian embassy, which squats on a hill in Tokyo's downtown section. From alleys that lead toward it, from the windows that overlook it, Japanese police and U.S. intelligence agents keep watch on the furtive comings & goings of its 30-odd Russian inhabitants. The missions of the Russians are not diplomatic; the Japanese have not recognized the embassy since 1951, when the Soviet Union refused to ratify the Japanese peace treaty.

Mostly, the Russians traveled in pairs. But tall, blond Yuri Alexandrovich Rastovorov, 34, walked out alone. Though rated only a second secretary,...

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