In today’s most bizarre turn of events, Russian officials have denied David Cameron’s historic claim that he was once approached by KGB spy recruiters, saying the Prime Minister was simply being hit on by two men with a “gay motive”.
Cameron first told the story in 2006 on the BBC Radio 4 programme Desert Island Discs, saying that while travelling through the country as a 19-year-old he was approached by two men who befriended him and attempted to find out about British politics.
At the time he said: “I travelled on the Trans-Siberian railway… and then met a great friend in Moscow. We went down to the Black Sea and were on the beach in Yalta.
“These two Russians who spoke perfect English sort of turned up on the beach, which was mainly reserved for foreign tourists, and took us out to dinner, and interrogated us in a very friendly way about life in England and politics.”
Almost a decade later, Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda has seemingly put paid to the claims, the Telegraph reports.
The paper said it had spoken to Gennady Sokolov, a Russian author and intelligence historian, who said secret service sources had told him that there had been no bid to recruit Mr Cameron.
He said: “If the KGB had a task to work with a 19-year-old unknown young man Cameron, there would have remained certain paperwork on this matter.
“We have cautiously asked well-informed people if there is a file on Cameron in KGB archives. We got a definite reply that there is no such file in the archives, and there was no such file earlier. The KGB was not working on Cameron.”
Sokolov went on the claim that the two men in question had since been tracked down, and that the pair were actually dodgy black market salesmen who were hitting on the future prime minister.
“The pair planned to buy some foreign stuff like jeans to resell them later and, after all, to make friends with two nice looking British guys – there was also a gay motive,” he explained.