The American media Politico reported exposing the first since the cold war Russian spy in Europe. Story happened back in 2010, but became known about it only now.
It turned out that the man named Sergei Cherepanov, 20 years lived in Madrid under the name of Henry Frith. His legend was the profession of a business consultant on socio-economic issues that allowed the spy to obtain analytical or brokerage reports” on gas pipelines in Eastern Europe.
For this purpose, he along with a partner who knew nothing about the true activities of Cherepanov, the firm has created a Frimor Consultores, which was a cover for his work. The “official” reason a spy took place mostly in Eastern Europe, although there were visits and on, until the Chile.
In the framework of the legend Cherepanov explained his slight accent mixed heritage: his mother was supposedly originally from Ecuador and her father from New Zealand. In fact, a spy was born in 1955 (according to legend, in 1957), while in Russia he had a wife Olga and son Andrew.
Failure Cherepanov happened after the exposure to the US group of Russian spies, which included Anna Chapman. Then, in June 2010, it started to blackmail a member of the British intelligence services, from the same documents that brought clean water” Chapman, who learned about Cherepanovo.
Read about the failure of Chapman in Russia.
The man did not wait for his arrest and fled: his traces are lost in the Madrid airport.