Dynamo Moscow Tour in the UK in which the Soviets seize the opportunity to spy on the British

Dynamo Moscow toured the UK in November 1945, with the Soviets seizing the opportunity to spy on the British (Image via gettyimages)

May 9, 1945 is considered in Russia How ‘Victory Day’ In which World War II ended (on the European front) with the surrender of Nazi Germany (which was signed two days earlier in Reims, France, although the rest of the Allied forces celebrated this victory on the eighth).

Four days later, The Football League Championship began in the Soviet Union, With dozens of participants and 132 matches to be played between May 13 and September 24, 1945, and was declared champion of the tournament. FK Dynamo Moskva (Dynamo Moscow), where he played 22 matches, 19 wins, 2 lost, 1 draw, 73 goals in his favor, and only 13 goals against him, which made the Moscow team one of the most famous and most famous team at that time.

For this reason, several countries have been interested in employing a party tour Dynamo Moscow, Taking advantage of the end of the Russian League and the soccer break in the Soviet Union, due to winter, being English Football Association One of those who put the most effort into it The new Russian team will visit the United Kingdom.

Interestingly, among the various organizers of this football tour was Auxiliary Foundation Russia, at that time headed by Winston Churchill, Who resigned as prime minister only a few months ago (after losing in the July elections to the Labor Party Clement Attlee).

It has been agreed with the Russian Federation that Dynamo Moscow will play four football matches, two in London, one in Cardiff (Wales) and one in Glasgow (Scotland). Against Chelsea, Arsenal, Cardiff and Glasgow Rangers.

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The Russian team arrived in England on November 4, 1945 (they were expected to arrive in London on the first), although they delayed the flight and arrived three days later, as the plane carrying them landed there at Croydon Airport (which was not the case. Which was agreed upon) Initially).

This mess of arrival dates and locations were right, it was a clever way for the Soviet government to mislead the British authorities to infiltrate the expedition of a group of Soviet intelligence agents who would use their stay in the UK to spy on them. Host country. Among the Soviet infiltrators were also members of Dynamo Vsevolod Merculov, Dirigenti Dell NKVD (Converted a decade later to a file KGB).

The first match (between Dynamo and Chelsea) will not be played until November 13, so the Moscow team can take advantage of those nine days to go sightseeing and attend a series of events organized by the USSR Embassy in London and the Churchill Special Foundation for Russia’s Assistance, including In it attend the celebration of the anniversary of the revolution on November 9th.

The first match was held at Stamford Bridge, on 13 November, in front of 85,000 spectators and with great coverage from the British and Soviet press, and tied with 3 goals. The next game was in Wales, against Cardiff, where they crushed the Russian team 10-1. I played third again in London, this time against Arsenal, but the match was held at Tottenham Hotspur, where the thick fog did not allow the enjoyment of the football scene that ended 4-3 in favor of Dynamo. Some historical records say that due to bad weather, the Russian team cheated and played twenty minutes with twelve players, but this story seems more of an urban legend than a reality. The fourth game, which was played on November 28, was in the Scottish capital, against Glasgow Rangers, and the final result was a draw in two.

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For the next two weeks, the members of Dynamo Moscow continued, with the large delegation that accompanied them Touring the UK, He attended many events hailed as heroes, where we must not forget the essential role of the Soviets in World War II and how the invasion of the Red Army led to the surrender of the Nazis and the end of the war.

While the Moscow team was attending from reception to reception, a portion of the Russian delegation was assigned to The start of the Soviet propaganda machine, Which greatly increased their image in front of the British population, even though a group of NKVD members dedicated at the same time to collecting and intercepting all kinds of information that would be very valid in the following years (from cold War) To Soviet intelligence, plus He seized the opportunity to attract new agents among the English citizens who might spy for the Soviet Union.

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Consultation and Image Sources: BBC / Tandphoonline/ Brand/ gettyimages

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