Infamous British-Soviet double agent dies

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"Books have been written about him, movies have been made. In intelligence, he was extremely revered and appreciated," a spokesperson for Russian overseas intelligence agency SVR stated on December 26, in line with the agency.

"In intelligence, he was extremely revered and appreciated. He himself jokingly stated: 'I'm a overseas automotive that has tailored to Russian roads,'" the statement added.

Blake was a double agent, who used his place as an officer in the UK's Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), also called MI6, to spy for the Soviet Union.

He was the final in a line of British spies whose secret work for the Soviet Union humiliated the nation's intelligence institution when it was discovered on the peak of the Cold Struggle.

In the UK he's maybe greatest recognized for his daring escape from London's Wormwood Scrubs prison in 1966.

Blake was born in Rotterdam, within the Netherlands, in 1922, moved to England in 1942 and transferred to the Dutch part of the SIS in August 1944.

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He was captured by North Korean troopers in 1950. Blake was interned for three years and secretly turned a communist during that time, based on Encyclopedia Britannica. On his return to Britain, Blake turned a SIS officer.

"Blake returned from captivity to work for Soviet as well as British intelligence, betraying many agents who have been later executed, together with a network in East Germany," an entry on his life on the UK authorities web site reads.

British authorities arrested Blake in April 1961 and he admitted to being a double agent for the Soviet Union.

The spy was sentenced to 42 years in jail but escaped in 1966 with the help of different inmates and two peace activists, after scaling the jail wall with a ladder made out of knitting needles.

Blake was smuggled out of Britain in a camper van and made it by way of Western Europe undiscovered, crossing the Iron Curtain into East Berlin.

He spent the remainder of his life within the Soviet Union and then Russia, where he was feted as a hero.

Reflecting on his life in an interview with Reuters in Moscow in 1991, Blake stated he had believed the world was on the eve of Communism.

"It was a great which, if it might have been achieved, would have been nicely value it," he stated.

Russian President Vladimir Putin granted the double agent the nation's Order of Friendship in 2007. Putin issued a press release of condolence after Blake's dying, which was revealed on the Kremlin website.

"Colonel Blake was an excellent skilled of particular vitality and courage," Putin stated.

"Through the years of onerous, strenuous work, he made a very invaluable contribution to making sure strategic parity and maintaining peace on the planet," the assertion added.

UK authorities consider the spy betrayed around 42 British agents, though Blake claimed that the true tally was around 600.

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