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A guard stands on duty outside the Russian Embassy in London September 1971

A guard stands on duty outside the Russian Embassy in London September 1971


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A guard stands on duty outside the Russian Embassy in London September 1971

A guard stands on duty outside the Russian Embassy in London September 1971.
A number of Soviet citizens who work at the embassy 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

Paul Kaye
Daily Mirror
Mirrorpix
London
Greater London
England

Media ID 21391384

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Barrier Closed Entrance Gate Gates


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In this print from September 1971, we witness a moment frozen in time outside the Russian Embassy in London. Standing tall and resolute, a guard dutifully watches over the entrance, embodying an air of mystery and intrigue that surrounds diplomatic missions. This particular snapshot holds historical significance as it captures a pivotal moment during the Cold War era. The newly elected Tory administration under Edward Heath took decisive action against Soviet intelligence activities in Britain. As concerns grew about the scale of their operations, 105 Soviet citizens suspected or known to be involved in intelligence work were declared persona non grata and expelled from the country. The image portrays not only a physical barrier with closed gates but also symbolizes strained international relations between two superpowers locked in ideological conflict. It serves as a reminder of how political tensions can manifest themselves even within city streets. Photographer Paul Kaye skillfully captures this scene, inviting viewers to reflect on the complex dynamics at play during this tumultuous period. This print is more than just an artistic composition; it encapsulates history unfolding before our eyes – an enduring testament to human resilience and determination amidst global uncertainty.

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