moscow - Moscow has a square named after former British double-spy Kim Philby. The latter passed to the Soviet Union in 1963 and died in 1988. The mayor of Moscow, Sergei Sobjanin, has, according to the media, by decree ordered the name change of a crossroads in the southwest of the Russian capital, where the headquarters is also from the foreign intelligence service.
The decision to honor Philby now comes at a time when relations between the United Kingdom and Russia are cooler than ever since the end of the Cold War. This has mainly to do with the assassination attempt on Russian former secret agent Sergei Skripal in England. London accuses the Kremlin of being behind the poisoning.