Soviet Intelligence Officers

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Photo of Boris Izakov, a UK correspondent for the Soviet newspaper Pravda (catalogue reference: KV 2/4003)

Boris Izakov, a UK correspondent for the Soviet newspaper Pravda (catalogue reference: KV 2/4003)

Boris Romanovitch Izakov

Catalogue reference: KV 2/40014003
Date range: 31 May 1932–14 May 1963

Izakov was a journalist who lived in Britain from 1932 to 1933 as a correspondent for the Soviet Communist Party’s official newspaper, Pravda. His activities during this period gave rise to suspicion that he was an intelligence officer.

Izakov returned to the UK in 1955 while working for the Soviet trade union publication Trud. He was appointed to the Foreign Committee of the Soviet Union of Writers the following year.

The files include a Home Office Warrant for the inspection of letters and telegrams sent to Pravda’s offices in the USSR (KV 2/4001), and a transcript of a conversation between Izakov and senior Communist Party of Great Britain leader Johnny Gollan about the 1955 railway strike (KV 2/4002).

Tags: communism, espionage, soviet, soviet intelligence, spies, ussr

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