Georgi Markov & the Umbrella Assassination Part 1

Episode 2.2: Georgi Markov & the Umbrella Assassination Part 1

It was like a storyline from an Ian Fleming novel: Bulgarian dissident Georgi Markov was assassinated on the streets of London in 1978 by a secret agent wielding a weapon disguised as an everyday umbrella. This fantastic tale captivated the British press, and soon became a world-wide legend - one of the most notorious and sensational moments of the Cold War. Yet, the truth is rather different from the commonly held narrative of the "Umbrella Assassination." Even today, there are many unanswered - and disturbing - questions that surround the case. In the first part of our 3 part episode on this assassination, we meet Georgi Markov and explore the details of his death.