Cold war British-Soviet double agent George Blake dies at 98 – RIA

FILE PHOTO: Soviet secret agent George Blake gestures as he speaks at a presentation of a book of letters written by other spies from a British prison, in Moscow June 28, 2001. /File Photo

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Famed former British spy and Soviet Union double agent George Blake died on Saturday at the age of 98, the RIA news agency reported, citing Russia’s SVR foreign intelligence agency.

“We received some bitter news – the legendary George Blake passed away,” SVR spokesman Sergei Ivanov was cited as saying.

Reporting by Polina Ivanova; Editing by Pravin Char