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Condolences on the passing of George Blake

December 26, 2020

Vladimir Putin expressed condolences to George Blake’s family and friends.

The message reads, in part:

“Colonel Blake was an outstanding professional of special courage and life endurance. Throughout the years of his hard and strenuous efforts he made a truly invaluable contribution to ensuring the strategic parity and the preservation of peace on the planet.

Our hearts will always cherish the warm memory of this legendary man.”

George Blake, a legendary Soviet agent and former MI6 officer, died aged 98.

December 26, 2020