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Nowadays, we tend to place spies into a cold war narrative: East vs. West, intrigue around the Berlin Wall, Graham Greene’s Vienna, and George Smiley’s London. But the first and most successful Soviet spies emerged much earlier. The 1930s, W.H. Auden’s “low dishonest decade,” were a period of extraordinarily creative skulduggery for Soviet espionage.
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