The former Soviet spy became a British knight. This is unprecedented. On Thursday, October 18, 2007, the British Queen Elizabeth II passed. in the Buckingham Palace of the former lieutenant colonel of KGB intelligence Oleg Gordijevský to the Knight of the Order of St. Michael and St. George. The BBC recalled that the legendary spy James Bond has the same title - at least according to his father Ian Fleming.
This award is undoubtedly a boon to Russian intelligence services, which are as active today as they were at the height of the Cold War.
What did Gordievsky deserve this title for?
When Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin boarded the cabin of a spaceship on the morning of April 12, 1961, he was an unknown lieutenant in the Soviet Air Force. When he landed on Earth a few hours later, he was a major and the most famous Earthling. When he died seven years later, he was a colonel. He was two weeks away from his appointment as General and Chief of the Cosmonaut Training Center.