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Title: Len Beurton, Soviet Spy

Description: Len Beurton (d.1997), British-born traitor, communist and Soviet spy, who had fought in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) on the Republican side, and who married top Soviet agent Ursula Kuczynski (Ruth Werner; Ursula Beurton; Ursula Hamburger; Code Name: Sonja; Sonia; May 15, 1907-July 7, 2000), when she was ordered to London from Switzerland in 1941. They had met in 1939, when Kuczynski had worked in Switzerland with a Soviet spy ring led by Sandor Rado (AKA: Alexander Rado; November 5, 1899-August 20, 1981) and Rudolf Roessler (AKA: Lucy; November 22, 1897-December 11, 1958). This ring of spies was part of what was called the Red Orchestra (Die Rote Kapelle), which consisted of Soviet-controlled spy rings operating within Nazi-occupied Europe. When Kuczynski was ordered to London, England by her Soviet spymasters in 1941, she was also ordered to marry Beurton, a union of espionage convenience, but the couple came to fall in love with each other and remained together for the rest of their lives, even though Kuczynski had been a notorious and flagrantly promiscuous "spy whore" indiscriminately sleeping with several Soviet spymasters and bearing their children. By marrying Beurton, Kuczynski became a British citizen, the cover she had been ordered to obtain by her Soviet spymasters. The couple took a cottage near Oxford where they could be close to German-born physicist Klaus Fuchs (Klaus Emil Julius Fuchs; December 29, 1911-January 28, 1988), who was working as part of the British team to develop the atom bomb (Manhattan Project) and it was Kuczynski who delivered Fuch's stolen secrets on that bomb to the Soviets, enabling them to later develop their own nuclear bomb. She and Beurton fled England when Fuchs was arrested in 1949, living in Soviet-controlled East Germany, where Kuczynski was hailed a heroine. She and Beurton worked for the East German government until retiring.

Category: Intelligence

Keywords: Ursula Ruth Kuczynski, Len Beurton, Ruth Werner, Ursula Beurton, Ursula Hamburger, Sonja, Sonia, GRU, Communist Party, Amtorg Trading Corp, Rudolf Hamburger, Shanghai, Richard Sorge, Sandor Rado, Red Orchestra, Rote Kapelle, Lucy, Allan Foote, Rudolf Roessler, Alexander Foote, Klaus Fuchs, radio operators, physicists, spies, spying, spy networks, spy organizations, spy rings, spymasters, espionage, Soviet Intelligence, Manhattan Project, atomic bomb, British nuclear bomb, East Germany

Orientation: Portrait

Dimensions: 900 x 1206 (1.09 MPixels) (1.34)

Print Size: 7.6 x 10.2 cm; 3.0 x 4.0 inches

File Size: 3.14 MB (3,291,354 Bytes)

Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi

Color Depth: 16.7 million (24 BitsPerPixel)

Compression: None

Image Number: 0000004618

Source: Jay Robert Nash Collection

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