NOTORIOUS double agent George Blake will spend his 97th birthday “spying” on Britain – with the help of his trusty radio. Traitor Blake celebrates his birthday tomorrow at his home on the outskirts of Moscow.
Now blind, the KGB spy lives in comfort in a dacha provided by Russian secret services. Despite failing health, Blake keeps up to date with goings-on in Britain – listening avidly to the BBC. A source in Moscow said: “He’s not in great shape but he keeps his mind active by listening to the radio. “He is still quite sharp despite getting increasingly frail in the past few years.”
Blake is expected to receive birthday greetings from President Vladimir Putin.
His treachery led to the deaths of dozens of Western agents and informers operating in the USSR after the Second World War.
Discovered in 1961, Blake was sentenced to 42 years in jail but he escaped and was smuggled to Moscow in 1966. Of his recruitment, he previously said: “Nobody blackmailed me, nobody tortured me, I offered my services fully voluntarily.
“I feel myself neither a hero nor a betrayer.”