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MI5 ‘missed chance to expose Soviet spy Kim Philby decades earlier’

A Soviet double agent could have been exposed more than a decade before he defected if MI5 had questioned one of his close friends, according to newly released intelligence files.

Kim Philby, a former British officer with MI6 – Britain’s foreign intelligence service – began spying for the Russians in the 1930s and the extent of his intrusion was revealed in October 1967.

A close friend of his named Flora Solomon, who was born into a wealthy family in Russia, was a former lover of Alexander Kerensky, the Russian revolutionary and lawyer who led the provisional government until he was deposed by Vladimir Lenin in 1917.

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