©2017 BY SVETLANALOKHOVA

A LEADING HISTORIAN

Svetlana Lokhova is a By-Fellow of Churchill College, University of Cambridge (commencing April 2018). She holds an MPhil and BA (Hons) in History from University of Cambridge. "A brilliant researcher at Cambridge University, who is about to publish a startling book on a previously undetected network of Soviet spies that infiltrated American universities in the early 1930s." The Sunday Times

Svetlana’s interest in espionage history began whilst studying History at Cambridge University. Her groundbreaking Master's dissertation remains the definitive account of the founder of the Soviet intelligence service, Felix Dzerzhinsky.

She is responsible for a number of the most important archival discoveries made  in recent years. Her revelations have generated substantial press coverage across the world.


Svetlana identified the Cambridge ‘Sixth Man’ Cedric Belfrage  featured on the  BBC Television News and Radio. The story of Britain’s ‘Hollywood Spy’ was told on a specially commissioned programme.

From her work on the ‘Mitrokhin Archive’, she found the identity of ‘MIKE’, a  US Cold War KGB recruit, and revealed the KGB’s plans to recruit President Nixon’s chief physician.


She has spoken about the Mitrokhin archive on US Public Service Radio, Radio Free Europe, the BBC and ABC (Australia).

She was until recently a Fellow of the Cambridge [UK] Security Initiative jointly chaired by the former head of MI6, Sir Richard Dearlove, and Professor Christopher Andrew, former Official Historian of the MI5.

Svetlana's critically acclaimed first book, The Spy Who Changed History, was published on 14 June 2018.