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World Russia hails spy who 'foiled Churchill death plot'

02:00  28 november  2019
02:00  28 november  2019 Source:   bbc.com

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An Armenian woman who became a Soviet spy and helped foil a Nazi plot to assassinate Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt in 1943 has died aged 93. When Hitler ordered the plot to kill the “Big Three” at a conference in Tehran, their group reportedly followed Nazi agents and exposed the plan.

Gevork Vartanian worked for Soviet, and briefly Russian , intelligence for the best part of half a century. But his most celebrated work as a spy came at the tender age of 19, when he helped thwart a Nazi plot to assassinate Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill on the occasion of the first meeting of the "Big Three"

a man that is eating some food: Goar Vartanyan with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2005© Reuters Goar Vartanyan with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2005 Russia has paid tribute to a former Soviet intelligence officer it credits with uncovering a Nazi plot to kill the Allied leaders Churchill, Stalin and Roosevelt during World War Two.

Goar Vartanyan died on Monday at the age of 93. She was married to Soviet spy Gevork Vartanian, who died in 2012.

Without the pair "the history of our world could have been different", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

"These are people who left their mark on the history of mankind."

Born in what was then Soviet Armenia in 1926, Vartanyan moved to Iran in the 1930s. At 16 she joined an anti-fascist group led by her future husband, who was already working as a spy. They allegedly exposed hundreds of Nazi agents in the country.

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Russia has paid tribute to a former Soviet intelligence officer it credits with uncovering a Nazi plot to kill the Allied leaders Churchill , Stalin At 16 she joined an anti-fascist group led by her future husband, who was already working as a spy . They allegedly exposed hundreds of Nazi agents in the country.

A legendary Russian spy who foiled a Nazi plot to assassinate Winston Churchill , Josef Stalin and Franklin D. Roosevelt has died aged 87, the former KGB announced yesterday. Gevork Andreyevich Vartanyan, codenamed Amir, ensured the safety of the three leaders by exposing a plot to kill them at

The group was given responsibility for securing a 1943 conference in the Iranian capital, Tehran, where the British, Soviet and American leaders met to discuss their strategy for fighting the war.

Joseph Stalin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill are posing for a picture: Josef Stalin, Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill at the Tehran conference© AFP Josef Stalin, Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill at the Tehran conference

The group are said to have uncovered a plot - known as Operation Long Jump - to kill the "Big Three" Allied leaders and arrested the would-be Nazi assassins.

The couple moved to the Soviet Union in 1951 and later worked together as spies posted overseas under deep cover - as part of the so-called "illegals" programme - from 1956 to 1986, Russia's SVR foreign intelligence agency said. Her code name was Anita and his Anri.

Mr Peskov, spokesman for President Vladimir Putin, said Russia's leader - a former intelligence agent - knew the pair well.

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In their efforts to foil the assassination plot devised by the Nazis, Vartanian's group located six Nazi radio operators shortly before the conference opened on November 28, 1943. ^ "Gevork Vartanian: Spy who helped foil Churchill death plot ".

Foiling the Nazis. In 1943, German intelligence parachuted an advance party of six radio In the fall of 1943, Gevork Vartanian found out about the Germans who had parachuted into Qum. Independent, The, January 14th, 2012 – Gevork Vartanian: Spy Who Helped Foil Churchill Death Plot .

"He is a Hero of the Soviet Union! She is the heroine of all his achievements! He passed away first. She passed away today," the SVR said in a statement.

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