They weren’t spies they were dodgy salesmen! KGB denies David Cameron’s claims that they tried to recruit him as an operative when he travelled through the Soviet Union aged 19
- David Cameron likes to tell how KGB tried to recruit him when he was 19
- Says he was asked to be Cold War spy on gap-year travels in Soviet Union
- But the Kremlin has now said the two ‘agents’ were in fact dodgy salesmen
- Moscow’s secret services even suggested he was target of a gay pick-up
Anecdote: Teenage David Cameron is pictured at Eton a year before embarking on his gap year travels to the Soviet Union where he claims the KGB tried to recruit him as a Cold War spy
When he was 19, David Cameron is fond of telling, the KGB tried to recruit him as a Cold War spy during his gap-year travels in the Soviet Union.
Today, the Kremlin delivered a cruel snub to his anecdote by letting it be known two ‘agents’ Mr Cameron thought were Russian spies were in fact just a pair of dodgy salesmen.
And Moscow’s secret services even suggested Mr Cameron and his Eton travelling friend, far from meriting the attention of Communist spies, had simply been the target of a gay pick-up.
The bizarre twist to one of the Prime Minister’s favourite stories about himself was published in a pro-Kremlin newspaper, and was being seen last night as ‘black propaganda’ by Moscow.
In a further astonishing claim, it was suggested that Mr Cameron was actually a ‘trainee MI6 spy’ at the time of his mysterious 1985 journey across the Soviet Union.
Mr Cameron first told his KGB tale in 2006 on the BBC Radio 4 programme Desert Island Discs, saying: ‘I travelled on the Trans-Siberian railway… and then met a great friend in Moscow. We went down to the Black Sea and were on the beach in Yalta.
‘These two Russians who spoke perfect English sort of turned up on the beach, which was mainly reserved for foreign tourists, and took us out to dinner, and interrogated us in a very friendly way about life in England and politics.’
The two Old Etonians were ‘obviously very careful and guarded in what we said, but later on when I got to university my politics tutor (Oxford Professor Vernon Bogdanor) said that was a definite attempt at recruitment’, Mr Cameron told BBC listeners.
Then in 2011 on an official trip to Moscow, Mr Cameron repeated the anecdote almost word-for-word to the then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and joked about having ‘failed his KGB interview’.
Mr Medvedev replied that Mr Cameron would have made a ‘very good KGB agent’.
But, Russia’s biggest selling newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda – a mouthpiece of President Vladimir Putin – said the story was untrue.
The newspaper quoted Gennady Sokolov, a Russian author and intelligence historian, who said he had been assured by high-level secret service sources there had been no bid to recruit the future Tory leader.
He said: ‘If the KGB had a task to work with a 19-year-old unknown young man Cameron, there would have remained certain paperwork on this matter.
‘We have cautiously asked well-informed people if there is a file on Cameron in KGB archives. We got a definite reply that there is no such file in the archives, and there was no such file earlier. The KGB was not working on Cameron.’
Mr Sokolov claims to have tracked down the two men who approached Mr Cameron and his Eton friend on the beach.
Untrue: But today the Kremlin said the two ‘agents’ Mr Cameron thought were Russian spies were in fact just a pair of dodgy salesmen. The Prime Minister is pictured in Red Square in Moscow with William Hague
He said they had simply been a pair of small-time black-market salesmen, hoping to buy Western goods such as jeans from foreigners – which at the time were banned under Soviet law – and trade them.
‘The pair planned to buy some foreign stuff like jeans to resell them later and, after all, to make friends with two nice looking British guys – there was also a gay motive,’ said Mr Sokolov, adding the men’s story would feature in a TV documentary soon.
The further suggestion Mr Cameron was a ‘trainee MI6 spy’ at the time will be viewed as classic Kremlin black propaganda.
Mr Sokolov said his trip across Siberia was ‘suspicious’ because there was no way Mr Cameron would have been allowed to travel on his own at the time, five years before the end of the Cold War.
He claimed sources said ‘somebody accompanied him’ in a two person sleeping compartment, adding: ‘There are grounds to suppose that young Cameron got his chance to enjoy such an exotic trip with the help of MI6.’
Kremlin-watchers speculated that the sudden release of this information appeared to be a pre-emptive bid by Moscow to clarify the Russian position ahead of a forthcoming book on Mr Cameron by former Tory deputy chairman Lord Ashcroft who has been seeking further details about the PM’s gap-year Soviet travels.
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