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Exterior picture of Moscow Narodny Bank in London September 1971

Exterior picture of Moscow Narodny Bank in London September 1971


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Exterior picture of Moscow Narodny Bank in London September 1971

Exterior picture of Moscow Narodny Bank in London September 1971.
A number of Soviet citizens who work at the bank were asked to leave (declared persona non grata as the new Tory administration under Edward Heath decided to get tough over concerns on the scale of Soviet intelligence activity in Britain.
In total 105 Soviet citizens known or suspected to be involved in intelligence activity were expelled in 1971

Bela Zola
Daily Mirror
Mirrorpix
London
Greater London
England

Media ID 21390642

© Mirrorpix

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This print captures the exterior of Moscow Narodny Bank in London, taken in September 1971. The image tells a story of diplomatic tension and espionage during the height of the Cold War era. In an unprecedented move, the new Tory administration under Edward Heath declared a number of Soviet citizens working at the bank as persona non grata. This decision was made due to mounting concerns over the scale of Soviet intelligence activity within Britain. The photograph serves as a reminder of a significant diplomatic incident that unfolded during this period. A total of 105 Soviet citizens suspected or known to be involved in intelligence activities were expelled from Britain in 1971 alone. It reflects the heightened paranoia and mistrust between nations during this time, with both sides engaging in covert operations to gain an upper hand. Bela Zola skillfully captured this historic moment, freezing it in time for future generations to reflect upon. The image not only showcases the architectural beauty of Moscow Narodny Bank but also symbolizes larger geopolitical struggles between superpowers. As we delve into this snapshot from Memory Lane Prints, we are transported back to an era where spies lurked around every corner and secrets were exchanged behind closed doors. It is a testament to how history can be preserved through photography, allowing us glimpses into moments that shaped our world forever.

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