Was Russia's top ballerina a secret agent spying for the British?
13.09.2021 ANDREW LEVY
Maya Plisetskaya

She was the greatest ballerina of her day and rubbed shoulders with the Kennedys and Hollywood stars.

But it seems Maya Plisetskaya, a former principal dancer at the Bolshoi who died on Saturday aged 89, led a life more akin to the plot of a Cold War spy novel.

Recently released Soviet files suggest she was having a passionate affair with a senior diplomat at the British Embassy in Moscow and was suspected of spying for the West as a result.
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