How to be a spy

March 2005

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Recent releases at The National Archives

How to be a spy

Secret tips for Russian spies coming to London in the 1930's is contained in the file KV 2 /137. The information, seized by the Germans from a Russian agent captured in Paris during the Second World War, offers such advice as avoiding clandestine rendezvous in central London, always carry smart luggage when checking into hotels and make sure your AA membership is up to date.

See the documents

Security Service material


Figures from the African nationalist and independence movements

Cases of general interest

German Intelligence Agents and Suspected Agents

Files of Jewish interest

Soviet Intelligence Agents and Suspected Agents

Communists and suspected Communists

Stories with possible local or international interest

Arthur Ransome (KV 2/1903-1904)

(Archibald) Fenner Brockway MP, later Lord Brockway (KV 2/1917-1921)

Jurgen Kuczyinski (KV 2/1871-1880)

The following files can be found on Discovery:

Paul Robeson (KV 2/1830)

Paul Robeson (KV 2/1829)

William Gallagher (KV 2/1755)

Prosper De Zitter (KV 2/1733)

Prosper De Zitter (KV 2/1732)

Detention and internment camps in the UK (KV 4/245)

Communication with the enemy via BBC programmes (KV 3/99)