? asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 1 decade ago

Are the Russians the best skilled spies in the world?

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I think it is so because I read many books and saw many movies about this

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  • 1 decade ago
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    LONDON – Britain's spies, enthusiastically lauded by Prime Minister Tony Blair last week for their "unsung work," were praised by a senior Russian security official as among the best in the world.

    The pat on the back from MI6's traditional adversary came from Sergei Ivanov, head of the Russian security council and adviser to President-elect Vladimir Putin.

    Asked by a weekly newspaper, which country had the best agents, Ivanov replied: "Ours, British and Israeli." American spies, he added, had too much money and were spoiled. "British counterintelligence has an excellent school and traditions, they prepare their agents very well," he said.

    Though MI5 is responsible for counterintelligence in Britain, Ivanov is assumed to be referring to the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, which runs agents abroad. He is also assumed to be referring to the MI6 training center near Gosport in Hampshire rather than Eton or Cambridge, the training grounds of such British double agents as Philby, Burgess, and Blunt.

    MI6 can be particularly flattered since Ivanov, like Putin, is a former KGB officer. The agency was unavailable for comment but Oleg Gordievsky, the former KGB officer who defected to MI6 in 1985, was willing to oblige.

    He said the KGB regarded MI6 officers as "careful and imaginative, devious and dangerous." Unlike CIA agents, they were "courteous and polished."

    The special relationship between the Russian and British intelligence agencies – sometimes described as "the great game" – began before the Russian revolution. Gordievsky said that while KGB officers were able to track CIA and other Western agents in Moscow, MI6 was able to shake them off.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No. The best ones are the ones you've never heard of. If you've heard of Russian spies, then they;re not that good. J/K. But seriously, the age of spies is almost to an end, they are still out there, but not like it used to be. And movies and books aren't that great a source for info.

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  • Oliver
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    1 decade ago

    No - the British spies. Did you see the amazing film about a great British spy called James Bond?

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  • 1 decade ago

    The Mossad

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No.

    If they were, we wouldn't know they had spies.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Israel's Mossad.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    yeah for sure

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