The legendary Soviet intelligence officer George Blake was buried today in Moscow at the Troyekurovsky cemetery with military honors, RIA Novosti reports.
A retired colonel of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service died on Saturday at the age of 98.
He was buried under the name of Georgy Ivanovich Bekhter, under which he lived in the USSR and Russia since 1965. The grave is located on the Avenue of Heroes, where many other legendary Soviet and Russian intelligence officers were previously buried. The ceremony took place to the sound of the national anthem and salvoes of the guard of honor. One of the wreaths on the grave was given by the President of the Russian Federation.
George Blake was born on November 11, 1922 in Rotterdam. In 1944, he joined the Dutch section of British intelligence MI6. In 1948 he was appointed MI6 resident in Seoul and tasked with collecting information about the Soviet Far East, Siberia and Manchuria. With the outbreak of the Korean War, Seoul was occupied by Kim Il Sung’s troops, and Blake was interned and sent to a camp.
In the spring of 1951, through a Korean officer, he sent a note to the Soviet embassy with a request to arrange for him to meet with a representative of foreign intelligence. As a result, he offered Soviet intelligence to cooperate with him and provided valuable information about the British intelligence services.
In 1961, due to the betrayal of Polish intelligence officer Michal Golenevsky, who reported to the CIA information about a Soviet agent in MI6, where Blake returned, he was arrested and sentenced to 42 years in prison. Four years later, he managed to escape and come to Moscow, where he lived under the name of Georgy Bekhter.
Blake received the rank of colonel of foreign intelligence in the USSR and numerous awards. He became the author of two books of memoirs.