Espionage Files: The tradition of Russians Dying in D.C. Hotels under Murky Circumstances


The other day a former Putin spokesman died in a DC hotel. He was 57 years old. Seems young to me for a heart attack.

This reminded me of poor old Walter Krivitsky, a top Soviet intelligence official who defected after his friend and colleague Ignace Reiss was machine gunned in Switzerland in 1937.

American officials didn’t take very seriously Krivitsky’s warning of an impending treaty between Stalin and Hitler. He wound up dead in a hotelnear Union Station.

Krivitsky also may have tried to tip off the Americans that a British journalist in Spain was working for the NKVD. He apparently didn’t have the name of that reporter. We now know it was Kim Philby.

Read the Original Article at Foreign Policy