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Monday, September 13, 1999 Published at 15:22 GMT 16:22 UK

Spies who betrayed Britain

The UK has been shocked by revelations that an 87-year-old great-grandmother and a Scotland Yard detective spied for the former Soviet Union. Both were exposed in the archive of KGB documents smuggled to the UK by Russian dissident Vasili Mitrokhin.


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British spy exposed
Former secretary Melita Norwood, now 87, began providing information to the KGB in the 1930s, making her the longest-serving Soviet spy.


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Idealist who sold out his homeland
Former KGB officer Colonel Vasili Mitrokhin spent 10 years copying files before he defected to Britain. BBC News Online profiles the man who unmasked Melita Norwood.


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How they found the spy of the century
The most successful spy of the Cold War era now spends her days pottering about her garden and making jam in her south London home.


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The Cambridge spy ring
The most famous spies in the UK became known by the KGB as the 'magnificent five' but were better known in Britain as the Cambridge spy ring.

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Spying scandal spreads

Melita Norwood: A secret life

How they found the spy of the century

Melita Norwood timeline

Q&A: Spy scandal under scrutiny

Shayler: Why Norwood will be spared

Q&A: A spy revealed

Respected lecturer's double life

Spying Who's Who

Idealist who sold out his homeland

The Cambridge spy ring

The 'Romeo' spy

Who's being spied on?

Spy in the house of love

Fearsome Stasi held nation in its grip

Spies who betrayed Britain