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Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Oleg Gordievsky attempted murder

The Mail on Sunday states police Special Branch are investigating an alleged attempt to murder Oleg Gordievsky, 69, the former KGB colonel and Cold War double agent who spied on Russia for British intelligence. Gordievsky, who defected to Britain in 1985, believes he was poisoned by a Russian acquaintance, a former intelligence officer who visited him at his safe house in Surrey in November. He collapsed and was in hospital in Guildford near death for 34 hours, then he spent two weeks in a private clinic and was initially left partially paralysed. He still has no feeling in his fingers. He believes he was poisoned by a Russian Gordievsky told the Mail on Sunday he was certain he was the victim of a similar Kremlin-inspired assassination attempt to that which he claimed befell his friend former Russian Federal Security Service officer and dissident Alexander Litvinenko.
Last October, Gordievsky was made a Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George - the same accolade held by fictional superspy James Bond - by the Queen at Buckingham Palace in recognition of his services to UK security, The Press Associaton adds. Gordievsky accused MI6 of trying to cover up the case, and claimed that police re-opened the inquiry only after pressure from senior intelligence figures, according to The Daily Telegraph.

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