12 Jan '12, 3am

Soviet spy who foiled 1943 Nazi plot to assassinate allied leaders at conference dies at 87

MOSCOW (AP) - Gevork Vartanian, a former Soviet intelligence agent who helped derail a Nazi plot to assassinate allied leaders at a 1943 conference in Teheran, has died. He was 87. Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service, a top KGB successor agency, said Vartanian died of an unspecified illness on Tuesday. President Dmitry Medvedev sent condolences to Vartanian's widow, Goar, who worked together with him on intelligence missions abroad and helped cement their fame as a legendary spy couple. Mr Medvedev praised Vartanian on Wednesday as a legendary figure who participated in 'brilliant special operations which became part of history of the nation's foreign intelligence.' The Foreign Intelligence Service said Vartanian, whose father was a Soviet intelligence agent in Teheran posing as a merchant, began working for Soviet intelligence when he turned 16. He played a role in foil...

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