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There’s a spy in my kitchen

Markus Wolf, the former east German spy chief, has written a self-serving cook book cum autobiography. Lesley Chamberlain finds it fascinating but morally tasteless

Markus Wolf, the east German spy who has a passion for Russian cooking, would have made a satisfying fictional character 15 years ago. But in real life what are we to make of the 73-year-old smoothie who finds himself once again in the German dock, charged with offences under the old regime? Other former east bloc stalwarts have suffered only a new life in business or retirement. For example, Jerzy Urban, one time Polish government spokesman under martial law, is now the wealthy editor of a top-selling pornographic newspaper. But Wolf started the year 1997 in a D?sseldorf courtroom, after…

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