UCL News


Russian attempts to discredit spy “standard practice”

12 September 2019

Claims that informant Oleg Smolenkov is an alcoholic who never had access to Putin are a standard part of spycraft. “The hope – probably vain – is to cast doubt in the minds of the other side,” explains Honorary Professor Mark Galeotti (UCL School of Slavonic & European Studies).

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