Global Politics

Soviet Espionage Legend Dies

Vartanyan.jpg

Gevork Vartanyan (Photo: Russia Today/Wiki Commons)

Legendary Soviet spy Gevork Vartanian, who helped foil a Nazi plot to kill Allied leaders in Tehran during World War II, has died in Moscow aged 87.

Player utilities

(This story is based on a radio interview. Listen to the audio to hear it.)

Operating in Tehran during World War II, he tracked German commandos who had arrived to attack a summit attended by Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill.

Realizing they were being followed, the Germans called off the attack.

Robert Service is British historian and the author of a forthcoming book Spies and Commissars.

Comments