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The Spies Who Came In To Aspen Hill; Notes From KGB Show Rendezvous In Suburban Md.
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The Washington Post - Washington, D.C.
Subjects: Espionage; Shopping centers; Suburban areas
Author: Ruane, Michael E||||||Stuever, Hank
Date: Sep 26, 1999
Start Page: C.01
Section: METRO

A new book about the KGB lists the Montgomery County locale as one of dozens of carefully chosen yavkas, or meeting places, across the country. Last week, the one-story strip mall still bore snapshots of the mundane, the commonplace, the sort of all-American generica in which a spy might yet vanish easily.

The shopping center--in particular, "the entrance to the grocery store"--between Connecticut and Georgia avenues at Aspen Hill Road is listed as a yavka in "The Sword and the Shield," by the British spy scholar Christopher Andrew and former KGB archivist Vasili Mitrokhin.

The book is based on a huge cache of notes made by Mitrokhin and brought to Britain in 1992. It details previously secret aspects of KGB activity during the Cold War. An appendix at the end of one chapter provides a list of 45 places in 19 cities across the United States that the KGB used as meeting places in the 1960s.

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