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Alexey Kozlov (intelligence officer)

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Alexey Michailovitch Kozlov (October 10, 1935 – November 2, 2015) was a Soviet intelligence officer, who is recognized as a Hero of the Russian Federation. He held the rank of major in the KGB.


In the late 1970s Alexey Kozlov was appointed by the KGB to help monitor the Soviet government's financial assistance to anti-apartheid political movements in South Africa and South-West Africa (Namibia). Kozlov researched and prepared at least one report on how Soviet funds were being spent by the African National Congress (ANC). The nature of any other assignments he may have held remains disputed; South African prime minister P.W. Botha also claimed that he was involved in gauging popular support for the South-West African People's Organization (SWAPO). Kozlov undertook four trips to Southern Africa, including two specifically to South-West Africa, and soon became a person of interest to the National Intelligence Service. He was arrested for espionage at some point in 1981.

The KGB negotiated directly with Niel Barnard, South Africa's intelligence chief, for Kozlov's safe return; he was later swapped for eight unidentified Western nationals as part of a prisoner exchange in Europe.

In 2000, he was declared a Hero of the Russian Federation, for his "... courage and heroism displayed during the performance of special operations...".

He died on 2 November 2015.


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