The former head of the analytical department of the KGB of the USSR Nikolai Leonov died

He began working for the KGB in the late 1950s and ended his service at the head of the analytical department of foreign intelligence. Leonov was personally acquainted with Che Guevara, brothers Fidel and Raul Castro

Nikolai Leonov

At the age of 94, the former head of the analytical department of the KGB of the USSR, retired lieutenant general Nikolai Leonov, died, RIA reported News» with reference to the source.

«Nikolai Sergeevich Leonov is gone— outstanding analyst of domestic foreign intelligence, & mdash; said the source of the agency.

Leonov was born on August 22, 1928. After graduating from MGIMO, he worked at the Foreign Literature Publishing House as a Spanish translator.

Leonov worked in the bodies of the State Security Committee (KGB) of the USSR since 1958, received a recommendation to work in foreign intelligence.

Since 1961 until 1968 he was on a long-term business trip in Mexico under the cover of the 3rd secretary of the embassy.

In 1971, Leonov became deputy head of the information and analytical department of foreign intelligence. In September 1983, he was appointed deputy chief of intelligence, and in 1990-1991 Leonov headed the analytical department of the KGB of the USSR.

Leonov left the KGB after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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According to the SVR website, even while studying at the intelligence school, Leonov went on business trips to Mexico and Cuba to establish contacts with the “revolutionary leadership”; and successfully completed this task. Later, he went on short-term business trips abroad to Peru, Panama, Nicaragua, Afghanistan, and other countries on the instructions of Soviet intelligence.

Leonov was personally acquainted with Che Guevara, Fidel and Raul Castro and other leaders of the revolutionary movement in the region.


Since 1994, he taught modern history at MGIMO, in 2003 he became a deputy of the State Duma of the RF IV convocation from the Motherland bloc.

For his activities in the KGB, Leonov was awarded the Order of the October Revolution, two orders of the Red Banner of Labor, the Order of the Red Star and many medals, as well as badges “Honorary State Security Officer” and “For service in intelligence.”

His name is inscribed on the Board of Honor of the Hall of Foreign Intelligence History. In 1994, his book “The Hard Times” was published.

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Tim Rice – Mountain Duet (Chess) lyrics

This is the one situation
I wanted most to avoid
Nothing I say will convince him
This isn’t a trick.

A drink on clear moonlit night
I relax, she smiles,
There’s something peculiar
Going on.

So through no fault of my own
I’m stuck here to carry the can.
Embarrassed, uncertain, marooned.

Now she can’t be working for them
I mean us
She seems to know what she’s doing,
But where is he?

He has to turn up,
He wanted this meeting,
Didn’t he?

Maybe he’s scared,
But he didn’t seem scared
In the game.

Oh, I just couldn’t care less.
He can go right ahead,
Go and wreck his career,
I know I’ve done my best.

Well, at least
She’s a good looking spy.

What if my Russian friend
Thinks that my plans
Are more of an intimate kind?
If I don’t say something
And soon
He’ll go.
Maybe I’m on nobody’s side!

Listen, I hate to break up the mood.
Get to the point,
Begin the beguine.
Haven’t you noticed
We are a protagonist short,
In this idyllic,
Well-produced scene?

He couldn’t wait
To join you up here.
Maybe he walked
Cable cars scare him.

Never mind him,
I haven’t missed him so far.

Maybe it won’t do any harm
To struggle on without his charm.
Funny how all at one I feel
That he can go jump off the mountain
I won’t care!

This is the one situation
I wanted most to avoid.

My dear opponent
I really can’t imagine why.

So I am not dangerous then?
What a shame.

No, you’re not dangerous.
Who could think that of you?

You are so strange.
Why can’t you be
What you want to be?
You should be scheming,
Too clever by half!

I have to hand it to you
For you’ve managed
To make me forget
Why I ever agreed on this farce.
I don’t know why
Know why

I can’t think of anything
I would rather do
Than be wasting my time
On mountains with you.

Who’d ever think it?
Such a very pretty setting.
Tell me what’s the betting,
Very pretty plotting, too.
No matter
I’ve done all your work for you.


Who’d ever guess it?
Daughter in collaboration
With the very nation
Gave her father third degree.
Where’s Daddy, dead,
Or in the KGB?

While my second has been curling up with my
Opponent, I have agreed to new terms with
Global Television, which in short means more money
For you as well, but that can’t be helped. Therefore,
This meeting is unnecessary. The match can continue
And we don’t have to be friends.