Mitrokhin, Vasily Nikitich

▪ 2005

      Soviet intelligence archivist (b. March 3, 1922, Yurasovo, Russian S.F.S.R. [now in Russia]—d. Jan. 23, 2004, London, Eng.), spent 12 years meticulously transcribing and concealing KGB documents that he later delivered to the British intelligence agency MI6, exposing secrets from 1917 to 1984. Mitrokhin began working for the KGB's predecessor organization in 1948. In 1956 he was transferred to the service's archives, becoming chief archivist in 1972. At that time he began keeping detailed records of all the archives (hidden in containers buried at his home); he continued until his retirement in 1984. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, he was able to walk into the British embassy in Riga, Latvia, with a sample of his cache, and shortly MI6 operatives extracted his trove of documents and him and his family. His work became public knowledge with the publication of The Mitrokhin Archive (1999), which he co-wrote with Christopher Andrew.

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