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KGB agent Dimitri Aleksandrovich Razgovorov runs through the night to escape capture in Wellington, New Zealand, after his source is arrested following a clandestine meeting in September 1974. New Zealand’s Security Intelligence Service had surrounded the meeting site intent on capturing Razgovorov and his source, senior government official and economist William Sutch.
However, a sudden burst of rain (pictured) obscured their view and caused the suspects to cut their meeting short, allowing Razgovorov to escape in the confusion. Sutch was tried in New Zealand’s only espionage case in history, but was acquitted in 1975.
Nearly 40 years later, unearthed KGB documents proved that Sutch had been a recruited asset since 1950, code name ‘Maori’.
Originally posted to r/spycraft101.
The context of this is pretty interesting. I had no clue the Cold War touched places as remote as New Zealand.
Time for a Wikipedia session!
Interesting how the Cold War happened all around the globe, even in the most unexpected places.
At 1st glance I thought he was writing a broom.
If you folks are interested in learning a bit more about New Zealand’s involvement in Cold War espionage, I highly recommend ‘The Service‘, a podcast about the NZ Security Intelligence Service and their dealings with the Soviets. Some super interesting stuff, including more than a couple of alleged break ins to foreign embassies in Wellington.
I’m just imagining Beauden Barrett tearing across in cover defence to take him down over the touch line.
Do we know what happened to the agent? Did he get away?
The poison tipped umbrella is a dead giveaway
All this is missing is a speech balloon with "welp, here I go again."
God awful Wellington weather ( along with God awful Wellingtonians) allow the bad guys another win 😢
Time to move the capital again
Was he caught?
THE SHEEP ARE COMING!
No one told me that the NZ secret service was entirely sheep! Run you fools!!!!!!