Former British Spy Pushing for Fair Reward
LONDON (RIA Novosti by Alexander Smotrov) – Viktor Makarov, a
former KGB agent who spied for the United Kingdom in the 1980s,
is displeased with what the British government has given him in
reward, The Sunday Times reports.
at the KGB, Makarov furnished Britain’s M.I.6 with information
about the Soviet secret services’ interception of coded messages
transmitted between NATO embassies in Moscow and their counterparts
in the West. In 1987, he was arrested in the Soviet Union and
sentenced to ten years in prison, but pardoned five years later.
lodged a political asylum request with the British Embassy. MI6
officers brought the former spy to the United Kingdom and asked
counterparts at MI5 to take care of him there, the newspaper reports.
to the man, British authorities promised to provide him with decent
living conditions and new identification papers for personal security,
but have failed to deliver on their promises. A subject of the
British monarchy, he now lives off modest welfare benefits in
a tiny house on the outskirts of Newscastle-upon-Tyne, in northern
England. "I risked my life to communicate vitally important
information to them, and may well have got killed by KGB men for
my activity," the newspaper quotes him as saying.
correspondents have learned that in order to stop the former spy
from publicly making accusations against British secret services,
a one-off compensation of 65,000 pounds will be paid to him and
all his litigation expenses will be reimbursed. The UK Treasury’s
Oliver Sanders has signed the deal on behalf of MI5.
remains unsatisfied. The compensation amount is too small for
his efforts, he argues, turning for corroboration to historian
Christopher Andrew, who has placed the Russian agent in the same
rank as such renowned fellow spies as Oleg Gordiyevsky and Vasily
Mitrokhin, The Sunday Times reports