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George Blake, last in line of Cold War spies who betrayed Britain, dies at 98 By Reuters

George Blake, last in line of Cold War spies who betrayed Britain, dies at 98 By Reuters
George Blake, last in line of Cold War spies who betrayed Britain, dies at 98

Reflecting on his life in an interview with Reuters in Moscow in 1991, Blake said he had believed the world was on the eve of Communism." In a condolence message published by the Kremlin, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Blake was a professional of particular vitality and courage who made an invaluable contribution to global strategic parity and peace."These are the happiest years of my life, and the most peaceful," Blake said in the 2012 interview marking his 90th birthday.Though he worked separately from the Cambridge Five - a spy ring of former Cambridge students who passed information to the Soviet Union - Blake said that during his retirement he got to know two of them, Donald Maclean and Kim Philby.

By Timothy Heritage and Polina Ivanova LONDON/MOSCOW (Reuters) - George Blake, who died in Russia on Saturday at the age of 98, was the last in a line of British spies whose secret work for the Soviet Union humiliated the intelligence establishment when it was discovered at the height of the Cold War.Maclean died in Russia in 1983, and Philby in 1988.

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