George Behar born on 11 November 1922 in Rotterdam. He is a citizen of United Kingdom and Soviet Union. George Blake was educated at Downing College and Harrow School. He is a related to Henri Curiel. He died on 26 December 2020 in Moscow at age 98 years, 1 month.
He was a British spy, a double agent in the service of the Soviet Union.
George Blake has worked as a spy and army scout. He has has won Order of the Red Banner, Order of Lenin, Order of the Patriotic War 1st class, Order for Personal Courage, Order of Friendship, Honorary member of the KGB, Order of the Patriotic War, ministerial awards of the Russian Federation and Order of Orange-Nassau.
He is also known as George Behar.
Blake died on 26 December 2020, aged 98, in Moscow. The RIA Novosti news agency first reported Blake's death, citing Russia's SVR foreign intelligence agency. "We received some bitter news—the legendary George Blake passed away," it said. Russian President Vladimir Putin, himself an ex-KGB agent, expressed his "deep condolences" to Blake's family and friends. In a message published on the Kremlin website, the Russian leader noted Blake's "invaluable contribution to ensuring strategic parity and maintaining peace on the planet." Putin also said of Blake, "Colonel Blake was a brilliant professional of special vitality and courage."
Although Blake's espionage during the Cold War may have been of greater value to the Soviets than that of the Cambridge Five spy ring, "Blake was never part of this class-ridden inner circle", according to an article by The Guardian after Blake's death. "Born in Rotterdam to a Dutch mother and an Egyptian Jewish father was never considered one of them."
Blake was buried with military honours at Moscow's Troyekurovskoye Cemetery.