Director, Dimitri Collingridge, cousin of Liberal Democrat leader, Nick Cleggs,
unpicks the intriguing life of their great, great Aunt, Baroness Moura Budberg.
Baroness Moura Budberg’s life reads like a cold war thriller: caught up in a plot to topple the Bolsheviks with Bruce Lockhart and Sidney Reilly (the inspiration for James Bond). She was a lover of spies and writers, men like HG Wells and Maxim Gorky. Her life was so intriguing the direct of Casablanca even made a Hollywood movie about her called British Agent in the 1930’s.Moura Budberg was also my great, great aunt. Since I was a child, she had always been my heroine, but as I grew older I discovered that behind all that glamour and fame, there was a dark side to her life, filled with rumours of murder and betrayal.British Intelligence suspected she was a calculating Soviet spy, she was under MI5 survellance for over five long decades. The Russian Secret Services believed her to be a British Double Agent. Russian historians made the most serious allegations, that she smuggled sensitive documents to Russia in the 1930’s which sent, hundreds, perhaps thousands to their deaths. Others accused her of poisioning her lover, Maxim Gorky, on Stalins’ orders.
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