Newspaper Reports Ex-Soviet KGB Defector Oleg Lyalin Is Dead
LONDON (AP) _ A former KGB agent whose 1971 defection led to the expulsion of 105 alleged Soviet spies from Britain has died, The Times of London reported today.
The newspaper quoted unnamed security sources as saying Oleg Lyalin died at his home in an undisclosed location in northern England on Feb. 12 after a long illness. It did not say what the illness was. He was 57.
The sources said Lyalin continued working for Britain’s MI5 spy agency as a paid employee until his death.
The Home Office, the government office responsible for security, said today it knew nothing about Lyalin’s death.
The Times said Lyalin was posted to London in the 1960s, posing as an official with the Soviet Trade Delegation.
He contacted British security services in 1971 and offered to disclose information about KGB activities in exchange for a new life with his Russian secretary Irina Teplyakova, with whom he’d begun an affair, the newspaper said. The Soviets frowned on such affairs as a potential security risk.
As a result of Lyalin’s information, Britain expelled 105 Soviet diplomats and trade officials as accused spies.