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Soviet diplomat flees from the SIS, Aro Street, 1974

Soviet diplomat flees from the SIS, Aro Street, 1974

On the rainy night of 26 September 1974, the Security Intelligence Service (SIS) gatecrashed a night-time rendezvous between Dmitri Razgovorov and William Ball Sutch, in Aro Street, Wellington. Razgovorov, shown here fleeing the scene, was the first secretary of the Soviet Embassy. Sutch was an eminent economist and former senior civil servant. The SIS had been monitoring meetings between the two men for some time, believing Sutch was passing information to the Russians. Sutch was charged with espionage under the Official Secrets Act, but was acquitted at the subsequent trial.

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Peter Clayworth, 'Intelligence services - The Cold War, 1945 to 1984', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 February 2023)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 20 Jun 2012