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The perfect spy

Ben Macintyre recreates the story of Oleg Gordievsky's career with his customary flair

The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War
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The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War Ben Macintyre Viking, 368 pages, Rs 899 Last year’s sensational headlines about the attempted murder of former Soviet spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia added a twist to the tumultuous post-Cold War relations between Europe and Russia. Mr Skripal, who inadvertently inhaled near lethal quantities of a nerve agent called Novichok planted in his home by Russian agents, had been a Russian military intelligence officer who had spied for the British intelligence services in the nineties. ...