Englishman Kim Philby - Legendary Scout, who managed to simultaneously work for the governments of two competing countries - England and the USSR … The work of the brilliant spy was so highly appreciated that he became the only holder of two awards in the world - the Order of the British Empire and the Order of the Red Banner. Needless to say, it has always been very difficult to maneuver between two fires …
Kim Philby is considered one of the most successful British intelligence officers, he held a responsible position in the SIS intelligence service and his main task was to track down foreign spies. While "hunting" the specialists sent from the USSR, Kim himself was also recruited by the Soviet special services. Work for the Land of the Soviets was due to the fact that Kim strongly supported the ideas of communism and was ready to cooperate with our intelligence, refusing to receive rewards for his labor.
Philby did a lot to help the Soviet Union during the war years, his efforts intercepted sabotage groups on the Georgian-Turkish border, the information received from him helped prevent the American landing in Albania. Kim also provided assistance to Soviet intelligence officers, members of the Cambridge Five, who were on the verge of exposure in foggy Albion.
Despite numerous suspicions put forward by Kim Philby, the British special services have not been able to obtain a confession from their intelligence officer about cooperation with the USSR. Kim spent several years of his life in Beirut, officially he worked as a journalist, but his main task was, of course, collecting information for British intelligence.
In 1963, a special commission from Britain arrived in Beirut, which managed to establish Kim's proximity to the Soviet Union. It is very interesting that the only irrefutable evidence turned out to be a bas-relief presented to the intelligence officer … by Stalin. It was made of precious woods and inlaid with precious metals and stones. The bas-relief depicted Mount Ararat, which made it possible for Philby to come up with a legend that this curiosity was supposedly acquired in Istanbul. The British managed to guess that the point from which the majestic mountain was captured could only be on the territory of the USSR.
After being exposed, Philby disappeared. It was not possible to find him for a long time, but then it became known that Khrushchev had granted him political asylum. Until his death in 1988, Kim Philby lived in Moscow. The fascination with the Soviet Union passed when the scout settled in the capital, much remained incomprehensible to him. For example, Philby genuinely wondered how heroes who won the war could lead such a humble existence.
Another legendary Soviet intelligence officer who made a lot of efforts to defeat fascism - Richard Sorge.