A spokesperson for the Russian foreign intelligence agency SVR said on December 26: “The books about him have been written and the movie has been shot. In terms of intelligence, he is highly respected and appreciated.”
The statement added: “In terms of intelligence, he is highly respected and appreciated. He himself jokingly said:’I am a foreign car adapted to Russian roads’.”
Blake is a dual agent who served as an officer in the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) (also known as MI6) to monitor the Soviet Union.
He is the last in a series of British spies who humiliated the country’s intelligence agencies for the secret work of the Soviet Union when they were discovered at the height of the Cold War.
Blake was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands in 1922, moved to the UK in 1942, and moved to the Dutch branch of SIS in August 1944.
He wrote on the British government website: “Blake returned from captivity to work for the Soviets and the British intelligence services, betraying many agents who were later executed, including a network in East Germany.”
British authorities arrested Blake in April 1961, and he admitted to being a dual agent of the Soviet Union.
The spy was sentenced to 42 years in prison, but after razing the prison walls with other textures and a ladder made of knitting needles, he escaped in 1966 with the help of other prisoners and two pacifists.
Blake was smuggled out of Britain in a campervan, and passed through Western Europe without detection, and entered East Berlin through the Iron Curtain.
He spent his entire life in the Soviet Union and Russia, where he was hailed as a hero.
In an interview with Reuters in Moscow in 1991, Blake recalled his life. He said he believed that the world had entered the eve of communism.
He said: “If this ideal can be realized, it will be very worthwhile.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin (Vladimir Putin) granted the dual agent the country’s friendship order in 2007. Putin issued a statement of condolences after Blake’s death, which was published on the Kremlin website.
Putin said: “Colon Blake is an outstanding professional full of energy and courage.”
The statement said: “After years of hard work, he has made a truly valuable contribution to ensuring strategic equality and maintaining peace on the earth.”
The British authorities believed that the spy had betrayed about 42 British agents, although Blake claimed that the real intelligence was about 600.