Magazine
Latest Issue

Glasnost at the FCO

We can now read the official reflections of British diplomacy as it battled with the Soviet Union in the 1960s and 1970s. The documents reveal fascinating differences of opinion

By Archie Brown   July 1998

Thirty years ago I sat in the office of the cultural attach? of the British embassy in Moscow and handed him a notebook containing a long hand-written note. Its author was a British graduate student on a year’s exchange in Russia. He had been given a drugged glass of wine by a Soviet “friend” and had woken up naked in bed with a Russian homosexual. Standing a few yards away were two KGB officers and a photographer. On the floor lay icons and dollars. The student was threatened with seven years’ hard labour for homosexual activity (a criminal offence in…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to letters@prospect-magazine.co.uk

More From Prospect