Britain Big Blow to the KGB

The top Soviet spy master in London defects to the West

Alexei Nikiforov, the acting spokesman for the Soviet embassy in London, stood on the sidewalk outside his mission in Kensington Palace Gardens last week, surrounded by a clutch of reporters. As the newsmen jostled for position, Nikiforov read slowly from a prepared statement: "All accusations as to the alleged illegal activities of the Soviet representatives have nothing to do with reality," he said. "The Soviet embassy most strongly protests against these provocative measures." Nikiforov finished with an abrupt "No questions," and quickly retreated behind the embassy's heavy iron gates. As well he might, for the questions would only have added to...

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