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The legendary Soviet intelligence officer George Blake dies

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The legendary Soviet intelligence officer George Blake died at the age of 98. This was reported by the press bureau of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR).

Today, the legendary intelligence officer, retired colonel of the SVR of Russia, George Blake, is gone. He sincerely loved our country, admired the feat of the people in the Great Patriotic War. (...) Books have been written about him, films have been made. In intelligence he was highly respected and appreciated. He himself jokingly said: "I am a foreign car that has adapted to Russian roads ..." Now this foreign car has completed its almost century-old run

- said in a statement.

George Blake was born on November 11, 1922 in Rotterdam (Netherlands), participated in the Resistance movement in Nazi-occupied Holland, then moved to England, where he later got a job in British intelligence MI6.

In 1948, an intelligence officer who studied Russian was sent to Seoul to organize observation of the Soviet Far East. In 1951, after being captured by the North Koreans, he managed to transfer a note to the Soviet embassy, ​​after which he offered cooperation to Soviet intelligence.

After returning to England in 1953, Blake repeatedly provided Soviet intelligence with information about the military secrets of England and the United States.

In 1961, Blake was arrested by the CIA after the betrayal of Polish intelligence officer Golenevsky, he was sentenced to 42 years in prison, but after 4 years Blake fled, moving through Berlin to Moscow, where he worked for a long time under the name of George Bechter.

Blake retired with the rank of colonel in foreign intelligence. For his services in ensuring the state security of the USSR and Russia, he was awarded the Orders of Lenin, the Red Banner, the First Class of the Patriotic War and other awards. A bronze portrait of Blake is placed on the monument to Russian intelligence officers of all times, located at the headquarters of the SVR.

Voennoye Obozreniye expresses condolences to the relatives and friends of the deceased.
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  1. Guru
    Guru 26 December 2020 14: 13
    +39
    Voennoye Obozreniye expresses condolences to the relatives and friends of the deceased.

    Everlasting memory. hi
    1. Tatyana
      Tatyana 26 December 2020 14: 25
      +18
      The legendary Soviet intelligence officer George Blake died at the age of 98.

      The most respectable age - 98 years old! And so many events in life!
      What health, will to live and freedom he needed to have! good
      Blake retired with the rank of colonel in foreign intelligence. For his services in ensuring the state security of the USSR and Russia, he was awarded the Orders of Lenin, the Red Banner, the First Class of the Patriotic War and other awards. A bronze portrait of Blake is placed on the monument to Russian intelligence officers of all times, located at the headquarters of the SVR.

      Light memory to him!
    2. Pravodel
      Pravodel 26 December 2020 14: 26
      +4
      Everlasting memory.

      He was betrayed by a traitor to the Motherland ... Only they don't say who it was ...
      1. 210ox
        210ox 26 December 2020 14: 33
        +5
        This is how the name of the Pole is written in the article. The most interesting fate of a person .. Although I critically consider the persons who once betrayed their country. The same Snowden, for example. Although how it was, it's not for me to judge. Yes, and we had enough utyrkas of rank, authority and trust, who betrayed the Motherland.
        1. Observer2014
          Observer2014 26 December 2020 14: 39
          +1
          Quote: 210ox
          This is how the name of the Pole is written in the article. The most interesting fate of a person .. Although I critically consider the persons who once betrayed their country. The same Snowden, for example. Although how it was, it's not for me to judge. Yes, and we had enough utyrkas of rank, authority and trust, who betrayed the Motherland.

          1. Nross
            Nross 26 December 2020 15: 30
            -3
            Holland is not Britain at all. It is not known how exactly the shaved ones recruited him. It is likely that their methods were not much different from those of the Gestapo.
            1. 210ox
              210ox 26 December 2020 17: 15
              +4
              And in Britain itself they were recruiting to our side. "The Cambridge Four", the Minister of Defense .. Well, these comrades were mainly for the idea, and "ours" then Shevchenko, henbane, rezuny, etc., for "denyuzhka" I bow before the courage of our scouts, but the enemy is not asleep either.
          2. Krasnoyarsk
            Krasnoyarsk 26 December 2020 17: 54
            0
            Observer, M. Bulgakov Your everything?
            Do not be surprised, I personally have a negative attitude towards this anti-Soviet libel. This is understood by those who study the book more deeply, and are not carried away by the clever phrases of the characters and the author's subtle humor.
            1. Observer2014
              Observer2014 26 December 2020 18: 16
              -3
              Quote: Krasnoyarsk
              Observer, M. Bulgakov Your everything?
              Do not be surprised, I personally have a negative attitude towards this anti-Soviet libel. This is understood by those who study the book more deeply, and are not carried away by the clever phrases of the characters and the author's subtle humor.

              Krasnoyarsk. Do you eat chicken eggs? If yes. Then the rooster tramples the hens if that. Do not forget about it if that. wassat laughing
              1. Krasnoyarsk
                Krasnoyarsk 26 December 2020 18: 22
                +4
                Quote: Observer2014

                Krasnoyarsk. Do you eat chicken eggs? If yes. Then the rooster tramples the hens if that. Do not forget about it if that. wassat

                Observer, are you eating cutlets? If yes, then the goby tramples the cow, if cho.
            2. Private-K
              Private-K 27 December 2020 10: 33
              -1
              Quote: Krasnoyarsk
              M. Bulgakov Is your everything?
              Do not be surprised, I personally have a negative attitude towards this anti-Soviet libel.

              Mikhail Bulgakov is the greatest Russian writer of the 20th century.
              And tens of thousands of worthless "members of the USSR Writers' Union" (tm) who wrote ideologically correct crap have sunk into insignificance.
              1. Krasnoyarsk
                Krasnoyarsk 27 December 2020 11: 09
                0
                Quote: Private-K

                Mikhail Bulgakov is the greatest Russian writer of the 20th century.
                And tens of thousands of worthless "members of the USSR Writers' Union" (tm) who wrote ideologically correct crap have sunk into insignificance.

                I don't know how great it is when compared with Russian writers: Nekrasov, Kuprin, Leskov, Tolstoy L.N., Tolstoy A.K., Turgenev, Gogol, Chekhov, Prishvin, etc.
                And where, tell me, is the "ideological crap" of Simonov, Balashov, Efremov, Fadeev, Sholokhov and many others.?
                Well, about "tens of thousands of members of the Union of Writers of the USSR" - such a number of members can only fit in a head wounded by Bulgakov.
            3. 72jora72
              72jora72 28 December 2020 12: 01
              -1
              and are not carried away by the clever phrases of the characters and the author's subtle humor.
              But admit it, the film is even very good, I am happy to watch it.
              1. Krasnoyarsk
                Krasnoyarsk 28 December 2020 15: 49
                0
                Quote: 72jora72
                But admit it, the film is even very good, I am happy to watch it.

                The film, as a work of art, is good. Acting at a high level. But ... He, like the book, is ideologically harmful. Both the film and the book are "bricks in building the foundation of an anti-Soviet building."
                First, the image of the communists is thrown into the minds of the viewer, and in the film they are shown very vividly, and not everyone has doubts about this image. (Such communists would not have built the USSR) Then comes "perestroika", then Article 6 of the Constitution is removed, and, cherry on top of the cake, the destruction of Soviet power.
        2. Vadim_888
          Vadim_888 26 December 2020 22: 35
          0
          ... Yes, and we had enough utyrkas of rank, authority and trust, who betrayed the Motherland.
          it would be more correct
          .
          Yes, and we have a gripET utyrkov with rank, authority and trust, betrayalYAYUSCHIH Homeland.
      2. martin-159
        martin-159 26 December 2020 14: 34
        +2
        It is written that the Polish intelligence officer Golenevsky.
        1. Captain45
          Captain45 26 December 2020 15: 53
          +2
          Quote: martin-159
          It is written that the Polish intelligence officer Golenevsky.

          That is why you should not share your secrets even with friends, for they only betray their own, and the gentlemen with their noble ambition have never been our own.
        2. ccsr
          ccsr 26 December 2020 17: 18
          +5
          Quote: martin-159
          It is written that the Polish intelligence officer Golenevsky.

          The arrows could be transferred to the Poles, hiding the failure in the KGB in the form of information leakage, or the escape of another employee of this special service.
          By the way, Serov was sure until the end of his life that Penkovsky was a set-up of the KGB in order to begin the purge of the GRU and remove him from his post. Some GRU veterans were of the same opinion, but somehow they do not like to remember this.
          So it was with this Pole - he could be credited with something to which he was unlikely to have anything to do, although it is possible that information accidentally came to him, according to which Blake was subsequently calculated.
          1. Catfish
            Catfish 27 December 2020 02: 53
            +1
            Serov, of course, is a professional, but the case was too loud to believe in a setup. Yes, and Penkovsky is not a whipping boy and was not the first year in intelligence. Somehow all this does not fit, although I will not argue, intelligence is a muddy substance and we cannot really know anything about it.
            1. ccsr
              ccsr 27 December 2020 11: 37
              +2
              Quote: Sea Cat
              Serov, of course, is a professional, but the case was too loud to believe in a setup.

              Serov knew too much, and in his hands was information that many feared. That is why they decided to settle scores with him, and I believe that this is a completely plausible version.
              Quote: Sea Cat
              Yes, and Penkovsky is not a whipping boy and was not the first year in intelligence.

              Penkovsky is generally a dubious person in intelligence, and is better known as the personal adjutant of the marshal of artillery, who placed him in the GRU from the district headquarters, sending him to study at the military diplomatic academy.
              1955-1956 - Senior Assistant to the Military Attaché at the USSR Embassy in Turkey, served as a GRU resident in that country [9]. In the service description of Penkovsky's period of his activity in Turkey it is written: "A vengeful, evil man, an unparalleled careerist, capable of any meanness" [10] [11]. He was recalled from Turkey to Moscow after an unpleasant episode in Istanbul, when Penkovsky was caught in a bazaar by an embassy employee trying to sell jewelry. According to other sources, already in Turkey Penkovsky tried to offer Soviet military secrets to Western diplomats, but they began to avoid Penkovsky as an obvious provocateur [3]. For some time, Penkovsky's career stalled, and he was fired from the GRU, which caused him annoyance and irritation, a desire to rehabilitate himself in the eyes of his superiors [2].

              The word “fired” is not entirely correct - he was seconded to another organization.
              Quote: Sea Cat
              Somehow all this does not fit, although I will not argue,

              And how do you imagine that in a few months Penkovsky immediately became an agent of two intelligence services, if he was previously suspected of provocative activities?
              In general, the KGB could use him for their difficult game, promising him to travel abroad to work, but in fact, they used him to settle accounts with Serov, and by "revealing" a spy of this level, they raised their reputation.
      3. Lipchanin
        Lipchanin 26 December 2020 14: 55
        0
        Quote: The Truth
        Only they don't say who it was ...

        Why don't they speak?
        In 1961, Blake was arrested by the CIA after betraying Polish intelligence officer Goleniewski.
      4. tihonmarine
        tihonmarine 26 December 2020 16: 20
        +2
        Quote: The Truth
        Only they don't say who it was.

        They did, but earlier.
        1. 210ox
          210ox 26 December 2020 17: 54
          +2
          Kamrad read the first line in the article ... recourse request
      5. Catfish
        Catfish 27 December 2020 02: 49
        0
        In 1961, Blake was arrested by the CIA after betraying Polish intelligence officer Goleniewski, and sentenced to 42 years in prison ...

        It was a Pole.
  2. faterdom
    faterdom 26 December 2020 14: 22
    +13
    One of the most famous (unfortunately) of our superintelligence.
    Of those that benefited our country more than the entire Central Committee of the times of Khrushchev or Brezhnev.
    It's a shame, but he became a victim of betrayal, like many others.
    And accordingly, betrayal must be the gravest sin, not only biblical, but also worldly, no matter what betrayed it, babble and justify it. And the retribution should be lifetime and terrible. And not a comedy with Navalny or Skripals.
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    2. d1975
      d1975 26 December 2020 15: 38
      +8
      Thanks to this, the Central Committee and the Union went under the hammer. It would be regrettable to say, but after Stalin's death, the collapse began. Everything was automatic, as in the system, having such people as this intelligence officer, to screw up the country. And now they are stupidly finishing off what they have not finished off. The very concept of the state has been perverted. The man believed in the idea and served it. Crowning his memory.
    3. Alexey Polyutkin
      Alexey Polyutkin 26 December 2020 17: 05
      -9
      Our hero betrayed Mi6. The Pole betrayed our hero. Shoot everyone or shall we choose?
      You often say such nonsense. In general, all people. Such obvious double standards. That there is no limit to surprise. Gle your critical opinion a systematic approach to the problem? To a question? Why do you look at things so one-sidedly? Narrowly?
      1. Krasnoyarsk
        Krasnoyarsk 26 December 2020 17: 49
        +2
        Quote: Alexey Polyutkin
        Our hero betrayed Mi6.

        Are you sure that he went there with a sincere desire to serve the insolent Saxons?
        That's just it. This is unknown to us. In addition, he did not betray his homeland. The Pole, betraying him, betrayed his homeland too. It’s not the same thing.
    4. Krasnoyarsk
      Krasnoyarsk 26 December 2020 17: 44
      -1
      [quote = faterdom

      One of the most famous (unfortunately) of our superintelligence.
      Of those that benefited our country more than the entire Central Committee of the times of Khrushchev or Brezhnev. [/ Quote]
      Hmm yeah. Well, what's going on in this head that came up with such a comparison ??
      Sir, on what scales were the benefits weighed?
      Well, according to the article, - I ran away after four years of imprisonment (?) Boggles the mind.
    5. onstar9
      onstar9 27 December 2020 01: 49
      -5
      Well, Blake was a traitor himself ... Betrayed his homeland. Or does it not count if betrayed "in our direction"? It sounds funny - "Soviet intelligence officer" .... You would have written "Russian" ...
  3. Yaro Polk
    Yaro Polk 26 December 2020 14: 22
    +4
    It is a pity that he did not spend this "leap" year with us.
  4. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 26 December 2020 14: 27
    +5
    Amazing people. And he lived a life, enough for three, and lived for almost a hundred years. Rest in peace.
  5. Observer2014
    Observer2014 26 December 2020 14: 36
    +1
    "I am a foreign car that has adapted to Russian roads ..." Now this foreign car has completed its almost century-old run
    soldier hiThank you!
  6. Lord of the Sith
    Lord of the Sith 26 December 2020 14: 36
    +2
    Legend! Everlasting memory. soldier
  7. faterdom
    faterdom 26 December 2020 14: 38
    +2
    Quote: Master
    Well, in fact, he himself was a traitor. And worked for another country

    Are you British? Sir?
    If not, what makes you think so? Common man, or what?
    1. Master
      Master 26 December 2020 14: 45
      +4
      Quote: faterdom
      Quote: Master
      Well, in fact, he himself was a traitor. And worked for another country

      Are you British? Sir?
      If not, what makes you think so? Common man, or what?

      No. Why if a citizen of the USSR works for the United States, then this is considered a betrayal. And if, on the contrary, is he a "legendary" scout?
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          1. El Chuvachino
            El Chuvachino 26 December 2020 18: 59
            0
            Quote: Master
            Don't think we're white and fluffy

            Necessary.
            1. onstar9
              onstar9 27 December 2020 01: 53
              +1
              Oh need? Well, you have to think that there are no oligarchs in Russia and no one is stealing upstairs or building villas in Courchevel.
        2. borberd
          borberd 26 December 2020 15: 38
          +1
          He began to fight only after being captured by the North Koreans, who apparently had their own methods of persuasion.
          1. Avior
            Avior 26 December 2020 15: 54
            +4
            They spent three years with them
            1. borberd
              borberd 26 December 2020 16: 07
              0
              Toughie . Only after 3 years he was broken and recruited.
              1. Avior
                Avior 26 December 2020 16: 23
                +2
                Not they
                He managed to get in touch with the Soviet embassy.
                1. borberd
                  borberd 26 December 2020 16: 30
                  0
                  This is the official version. Most likely, the representatives of the Soviet foreign intelligence, having learned who the North Koreans were holding, tried to recruit him, and they succeeded. In any case, the dude was tortured for 3 years in dungeons. And knowing the North Koreans, I can imagine that nothing good was done to him there.
                  1. Avior
                    Avior 26 December 2020 16: 44
                    +4
                    Don't go to the fortuneteller
                    They also talk about brainwashing.
                    Straight on Fleming's plot. I remember that Bond, after such procedures, went to poison M with a pistol.
        3. Paranoid50
          Paranoid50 27 December 2020 10: 55
          0
          Quote: Radiator
          he wouldn't fight.

          However, on the New Year's Eve heaped up scrap metal. fellow laughing
      2. Rostislav
        Rostislav 26 December 2020 16: 05
        +4
        Why? Because we are looking at the barricades from our side, you are our slow-witted. Therefore, a citizen of the USSR who works for penguins is a traitor. And the Dutchman Blake is a legendary scout. Our. And without brackets!
        Bright memory.
      3. Starover_Z
        Starover_Z 26 December 2020 16: 44
        +2
        Quote: Master
        Why if a citizen of the USSR works for the United States, then this is considered a betrayal. And if, on the contrary, is he a "legendary" scout?

        Well, on the other side it is the same - he reads to work for them - Scout, decided to share information with us - a traitor. But in those days, the USSR was just a country moving towards communism, towards equality!
    2. Alexey Polyutkin
      Alexey Polyutkin 26 December 2020 17: 07
      -3
      What if ours is a scout, if the enemy is a spy. Double standarts. This is utter nonsense.
      1. ccsr
        ccsr 26 December 2020 17: 25
        +3
        Quote: Alexey Polyutkin
        What if ours is a scout, if the enemy is a spy. Double standarts. This is utter nonsense.

        The stupidity is that by contrasting these two words you are trying to formulate your attitude towards the special services. Why do you need this? Yes, call Blake whatever you like, but the fact that this is an extraordinary person and a no brainer, no matter who calls him what.
        For example, it makes no difference to me a game on definitions - the Chinese say correctly when they remember the color of a cat that should catch mice. Blake "caught mice" perfectly and this is recognized by all the secret services of the world, regardless of what they call him.
        1. onstar9
          onstar9 27 December 2020 01: 56
          -3
          Quote: ccsr
          Yes, call Blake whatever you like, but the fact that this is an extraordinary person and a no brainer, no matter who calls him what.

          Well, Stalin was an "extraordinary" man, and Hitler ... And what an extraordinary Khan Batu was ... What shall we call them?
          1. ccsr
            ccsr 27 December 2020 11: 20
            -1
            Quote: onstar9
            What will we call them?

            Historical characters, like Blake.
  8. sergo1914
    sergo1914 26 December 2020 14: 38
    -1
    Return the previous photo to the article. Why so?
  9. faterdom
    faterdom 26 December 2020 14: 56
    -5
    Quote: Master
    No. Why if a citizen of the USSR works for the United States, then this is considered a betrayal. And if, on the contrary, is he a "legendary" scout?

    If you have grown to the age that you know the letters, then I don’t undertake to explain anything to you, it’s too late. Either your parents blinked, or brought you up like this.
    These are not the laws of physics for you, in societies everything is different, not impartial. Everything is subjective, and all omissions and "mistakes" are actually in someone's favor, and not just by themselves.
    1. Alexey Polyutkin
      Alexey Polyutkin 26 December 2020 17: 09
      -3
      That is why they point out to you the stupidity of double standards. If ours is a hero and the enemy is of course a traitor.
  10. iouris
    iouris 26 December 2020 15: 13
    +3
    And he was betrayed by his "colleagues": where is the USSR?
  11. parusnik
    parusnik 26 December 2020 15: 27
    +4
    A man who was faithful to his ideals, whom he served, died, and the ideal was not money, but a fond memory.
    1. Deck
      Deck 26 December 2020 15: 53
      0
      And what were his ideals? Enlighten?
      1. parusnik
        parusnik 26 December 2020 15: 55
        +4
        And you read his notes.
        1. Deck
          Deck 26 December 2020 16: 03
          -4
          He writes about the same as Gordievsky, Penkovsky, Smolenkov and everyone else. But unlike Burgess and Philby, he managed to adapt to the "new homeland"
  12. svoit
    svoit 26 December 2020 16: 01
    +1
    That is, it turns out that he worked only for 8 years, and maybe less - not a long time as a scout.
    1. Avior
      Avior 26 December 2020 16: 30
      +1
      Plus 6 more years as an English agent before being captured by the North Koreans
  13. Lexus
    Lexus 26 December 2020 16: 49
    +3
    HUMAN BEING! Low bow and blessed memory.
  14. Avrora17
    Avrora17 26 December 2020 17: 00
    -2
    In 1961, Blake was arrested by the CIA after betraying a Polish intelligence officer

    I'm not surprised .. Eternal memory of the true ideological Soviet intelligence officer! hi
  15. Old26
    Old26 26 December 2020 17: 20
    +1
    Quote: Nross
    Holland is not Britain at all. It is not known how exactly the shaved ones recruited him. It is likely that their methods were not much different from those of the Gestapo.

    Why recruit him when he was a British citizen, his father was an English intelligence officer, and he himself was a liaison with the Dutch Resistance, served in the navy, and only in the last year of the war - in MI6.
    Download his autobiographical book "There is no other choice" from the Internet and read how he describes it all
  16. Yurahip
    Yurahip 26 December 2020 18: 24
    +1
    This is a Hero for all time!
  17. Alf
    Alf 26 December 2020 18: 37
    +2
    Today in the news of the second channel in the running line he was named Georg Blake. The victims of the exam rule ...
    Well, at least Joseph Biden was not named Joseph ..
    1. Aviator_
      Aviator_ 27 December 2020 09: 49
      0
      Well, at least Joseph Biden was not named Joseph ..

      And they could have called Yusuf, they will become.
  18. Old26
    Old26 26 December 2020 20: 34
    +4
    Quote: Alf
    Today in the news of the second channel in the running line he was named Georg Blake. The victims of the exam rule ...
    Well, at least Joseph Biden was not named Joseph ..

    Why do the victims of the USE rule at once?
    Among his names. mentioned in the Soviet and Russian press were:
    George Blake
    Georgy Ivanovich Bekhter
    Georg Bechter
    Georg Blake
  19. Walking
    Walking 27 December 2020 09: 22
    0
    Rest in peace.
  20. Bagatur
    Bagatur 27 December 2020 10: 22
    0
    If he worked for us, he is a scout, a hero ... Ah, Penkowski is a spy and a traitor ...
  21. tech3030
    tech3030 28 December 2020 12: 06
    0
    A man worked for the glory of his newfound homeland, and it was then sold to those against whom he worked ... What was going on in his soul !?