About the project
The educational project "Kim Philby and the Cambridge Five" was initiated by Kim Philby’s widow Rufina Pukhova-Philby (1932−2021), Director General of the Institute for Foreign Policy Research and Initiatives Veronika Krasheninnikova, and co-founder of the Kim Philby Memorial Foundation Mikhail Bogdanov. The project was timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service and received financial support from the Presidential Grants Fund.
Kim Philby, Donald Maclean, Anthony Blunt, Guy Burgess and John Cairncross — all brilliant intellectuals from Cambridge University — realised earlier than most what a mortal threat fascism posed to the world, and made a choice to support the Soviet Union, the greatest and principled enemy of fascism and Nazism. Before, during and after the Second World War, the members of the group provided Moscow with troves of secret information, which hastened the victory and saved the lives of countless Soviet soldiers and civilians. They helped our country acquire nuclear weapons and push back against America’s hegemonic expansion in Europe during the Cold War.
The project tells the story of the Cambridge group, so that the names of these heroes are better known now and into the future.