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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 21391196

© Mirrorpix

Bank Banks Building Buildings Cold War Communism Espionage Secret Service Soviet Union Spying Ussr Diplomatic Incident Spies


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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 Cold War era. In an unprecedented move, the newly elected Tory administration under Edward Heath decided to take a tough stance against Soviet intelligence activity in Britain. The bank became embroiled in this diplomatic incident when a significant number of its Soviet employees were declared persona non grata and asked to leave the country. A staggering total of 105 Soviet citizens suspected or known to be involved in intelligence activities were expelled that year alone. As you gaze at this photograph, you can almost feel the weight of secrecy and intrigue that surrounded these events. The building itself stands as a symbol of both financial transactions and covert operations, highlighting the blurred lines between commerce and espionage during those tumultuous times. Bela Zola's skilled photography not only captures architectural details but also evokes emotions tied to this historical moment. It serves as a reminder of how international relations were shaped by clandestine activities carried out by spies from both sides – KGB agents operating on behalf of the Soviet Union and their counterparts from various secret services across Europe. This print is not just an image; it represents an era defined by suspicion, rivalry, and hidden agendas – all elements that make it truly fascinating for history enthusiasts seeking glimpses into our complex past.

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