Konon Trofimovich Molody (January 17, 1922-September 9, 1970) was a Soviet intelligence officer, better known in the West as Gordon Arnold Lonsdale. Events 38 BC - Octavian marries Livia Drusilla. 1287 - King Alfonso III of Aragon invades Minorca Year 1922 ( MCMXXII) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. Events 1000 - Battle of Svolder, Viking Age. 1379 - Treaty of Neuberg, splitting the Austrian Year 1970 ( MCMLXX) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR was a constitutionally Socialist state that existed in Eurasia from 1922 to 1991 An intelligence officer is a person employed by an organisation to collect compile and analyse information (known as intelligence) which is of use to that organisation He was an illegal resident spy during the Cold War and the mastermind of the Portland Spy Ring. There are two types of resident spies legals and illegals Legal resident A legal resident is a Spy who operates in a foreign country under diplomatic cover Cold War is the state of conflict tension and competition that existed between the United States and the Soviet Union (USSR and their respective allies from the The Portland Spy Ring operated in Britain from the late 1950s till 1961 when the hard core of the network was arrested by British security
In London, on 7 January 1961, Special Branch officers led by Detective Superintendent George Gordon Smith arrested five people, all part of the "Portland Spy Ring". London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. Events 1325 - Alfonso IV becomes King of Portugal. 1558 - France takes Calais, the last continental Year 1961 ( MCMLXI) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Special Branch is an investigative unit of the British, Irish and many Commonwealth police services Superintendent ( Supt) often shortened to "Super" is a rank in British police services and in most English-speaking Commonwealth nations The Portland Spy Ring operated in Britain from the late 1950s till 1961 when the hard core of the network was arrested by British security
One was a Canadian businessman called Gordon Lonsdale who dealt in jukeboxes, bubble-gum and gambling machines. Country to "Dominion of Canada" or "Canadian Federation" or anything else please read the Talk Page jukebox is a partially automated music-playing device usually a Coin -operated machine that can play specially selected songs from self-contained media Bubblegum (or Bubble Gum) is a type of Chewing gum especially designed for blowing bubbles. He often travelled to continental Europe, hosted many parties and had a number of lady friends.
Taken to Scotland Yard, Lonsdale told Smith he would not talk about anything, not even give his name or address. New Scotland Yard or Scotland Yard, informally known as The Yard and NSY, is the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Service, responsible Western intelligence services, including MI5, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), had to resort to extensive enquiries to find out anything about him. near as long as it used to be several months ago It has been actively summarized and split into sub-articles and there is a dynamic talk page discussion of all
However, by the time Lonsdale and his associates came to trial at the Old Bailey on 13 March 1961, no-one knew who he really was. The Central Criminal Court in England, commonly known as the Old Bailey, is a court Events 1138 - Cardinal Gregorio Conti is elected Antipope as Victor IV, succeeding Anacletus II. Year 1961 ( MCMLXI) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. All they could tell was that he was a Russian, had a naval background, and was not the man his papers made him out to be.
A Gordon Arnold Lonsdale was born on 27 August 1924 in Cobalt, Ontario, Canada. Events 479 BC - Greco-Persian Wars: Persian forces led by Mardonius are routed by Pausanias, the Spartan Year 1924 ( MCMXXIV) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Cobalt is a Town in the District of Timiskaming, Province of Ontario, Canada Ontario (ɒnˈtɛrioʊ is a province located in the central part of Canada, the largest by population and second largest after Quebec Country to "Dominion of Canada" or "Canadian Federation" or anything else please read the Talk Page His father was a miner, Emmanuel Jack Lonsdale, and his mother was Olga Elina Bousa, an immigrant from Finland. Finland, officially the Republic of Finland ( is a Nordic country situated in the Fennoscandian region of northern Europe.
The Lonsdales split up in 1931 and a year later Olga took her son with her back to her native Finland. Year 1931 ( MCMXXXI) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1931 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. It is presumed that he died round about 1943 and that his papers were obtained by the Soviets for use by their agents. Year 1943 ( MCMXLIII) was a Common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar of the Gregorian calendar.
There is little doubt the Lonsdale born in Cobalt in 1924 was NOT the Lonsdale arrested in London in 1961. The former had been circumcised, the latter was not. Male circumcision is the removal of some or all of the Foreskin (prepuce from the Penis.
The Lonsdale who was put on trial in London in 1961 was charged with spying, along with associates Harry Houghton, Ethel Gee and Peter and Helen Kroger. Harry Houghton (born 1906 date of death unknown was a spy for the People's Republic of Poland and the USSR during the Cold War. Ethel Elizabeth Gee (born 1914 date of death unknown also known as "Bunty" was a spy who was a member of the Portland Spy Ring. Morris Cohen aka in London as Peter Kroger ( 2 July 1910 - 23 June 1995) was an accused Soviet spy Lona Theresa Cohen, Leontine, aka in London as Helen Kroger ( 11 January 1913 - 23 December 1992) was an American
Still refusing to reveal his real identity, "Gordon Lonsdale" was sentenced to 25 years in jail. While serving in Wormwood Scrubs prison he and Kroger met convicted traitor George Blake. Wormwood Scrubs (informally "The scrubs" is a Category B British local Prison that receives prisoners on remand or after sentencing George Blake (born George Behar, November 11, 1922) is a former British spy known for having been a Double agent in
In 1964 he was exchanged for the British spy Greville Wynne who had been arrested by the Soviets. Year 1964 ( MCMLXIV) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the 1964 Gregorian calendar. Greville Maynard Wynne (1919 - 1990 was a British Spy famous for his involvement with and imprisonment as a result of the espionage activities of Oleg Penkovsky The exchange is said to have originated by contact between the wives of the two agents. As part of the process, the Soviets admitted he was a spy and gave the British his real name, Konon Molody.
Konon Molody was born in Moscow in 1922, the son of a scientist. Moscow (Москва́ romanised: Moskvá, IPA: see also other names) is the Capital and the largest city of Year 1922 ( MCMXXII) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. Aged 10 he went to California to live with a maiden aunt and learn English. California ( is a US state on the West Coast of the United States, along the Pacific Ocean.
Molody was back in Russia in time to serve during World War II. World War II, or the Second World War, (often abbreviated WWII) was a global military conflict which involved a majority of the world's nations, including After the war he studied Chinese at university and trained as a spy. He also got married and had two children.
In 1954, on board a Soviet grain ship, Molody set off for Canada where he used papers which passed him off as Gordon Lonsdale. Year 1954 ( MCMLIV) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1954 Gregorian calendar) The following year he was in London, taking courses at the London University School of Oriental and African Studies. The School of Oriental and African Studies (commonly abbreviated to " SOAS " pronounced (so as or (so az is a constituent college of the University of He was a popular person, hosted many parties and had a number of lady friends in London and Europe.
Molody went into the business of selling and renting jukeboxes, bubble-gum and gambling machines to pubs, clubs and cafes. This often took him to continental Europe where he may even have recruited other agents and set up "dead letter boxes". A dead drop or dead letter box, is a location used to secretly pass items between two people without requiring them
It is thought that it was in 1959 that Molody began receiving secrets from Harry Houghton. The year 1959 ( MCMLIX) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Harry Houghton (born 1906 date of death unknown was a spy for the People's Republic of Poland and the USSR during the Cold War. His continental trips also led him to meet atom spy Morris Cohen (then using the pseudonym Peter Kroger), whom he often visited in London. Atomic Spies and Atom Spies are terms that refer to various people in the United States, Great Britain, and Canada who are thought to have Morris Cohen aka in London as Peter Kroger ( 2 July 1910 - 23 June 1995) was an accused Soviet spy A pseudonym is a fictitious alternative to a person's legal name (see Alias) There is evidence that he may even have met his wife in Prague on one occasion. Prague (ˈprɑːg Praha (ˈpraɦa see also other names) is the Capital and Largest city of the Czech Republic.
In 1965, a year after Molody's return to the Soviet Union, a book called Spy: Memoirs of Gordon Lonsdale was published in the West, with the approval of the Soviet authorities. The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR was a constitutionally Socialist state that existed in Eurasia from 1922 to 1991 Year 1965 ( MCMLXV) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. Allegedly the autobiography of "Gordon Lonsdale", it has to be read with caution. For instance, he claims he was the Lonsdale born in Canada, when he wasn't. He also claims Peter and Helen Kroger, convicted as members of the Portland Ring, were innocent. In fact they were veteran spies Morris and Lona Cohen, as the Soviets confirmed when they were exchanged in 1969. Morris Cohen aka in London as Peter Kroger ( 2 July 1910 - 23 June 1995) was an accused Soviet spy Lona Theresa Cohen, Leontine, aka in London as Helen Kroger ( 11 January 1913 - 23 December 1992) was an American Year 1969 ( MCMLXIX) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar.
For Molody life back in the Soviet Union was not a happy one. According to Blake he was particularly critical of the way trade and industry were handled. As a result he was given a post of minor importance and took to drinking.
Konon Molody died during a mushroom-picking expedition in October 1970. Year 1970 ( MCMLXX) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. He was 48. He was buried in the Donskoy monastery in Moscow next to another illegal resident spy, Vilyam Genrikovich Fisher (aka Rudolf Abel). Donskoy Monastery (Донско́й монасты́рь is a major Monastery in Moscow, founded in 1591 Moscow (Москва́ romanised: Moskvá, IPA: see also other names) is the Capital and the largest city of Vilyam ("Willie" Genrikhovich (August Fisher (Вильям Генрихович Фишер ( July 11, 1903 &ndash November 15, 1971