Oleg Gordievsky was a KGB chief in London. He warned British intelligence about Soviet activities in Great Britain.
Gordievsky had risen quickly in the KGB system. He was stationed in several
European capitals until named to London Station in the mid-1960s.
In 1984 he received a routine notice to return to Moscow for debriefing. While there was nothing unusual about the trip, he felt there was something wrong. However, upon his arrival in Moscow, everything was normal. He reported to the office provided for him at the Lubyanka and attended routine meetings and briefings. One of his superiors even asked him to come to his dacha, or country house, for the weekend with other KGB colleagues.
As soon as he
arrived, he was arrested. He had indeed been found out and the process
began, as is usual with agents, to find out just how much damage had been
done by his duplicity. He was shot up with "truth serum," and subjected to
several weeks of organized interrogation. The Soviets had to know what he
It is still classified how it happened, but somehow the British were able to bundle up and transport the most wanted man in the Soviet Union out of the vastness of Russia safely back to London.
Gordievsky was identified for the KGB by Aldrich
Ames in 1985