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Queens samovar bugged by Russian spooks?
25.11.2008 14:50
Queens samovar bugged by Russian spooks?

An electric teapot presented to the Queen as a goodwill gesture nearly 20 years ago has been removed from Balmoral as a security precaution, The Daily Express reported.
      It was feared that the ornate 2ft samovar standing in the corner of the drawing room in the late Queen Mothers house on the Aberdeenshire estate could have a listening device hidden inside it.
      The samovar was always a bit of an enigma. No one could work out what the Russians thought we were going to do with it. The wiring looked as if it came from a Second World War tank and it was not exactly pretty, said one of the retainers.
      Spooks were concerned that the samovar could have been bugging not only the Royal Familys most intimate conversations, but also listening into the Queens discussions with prime ministers and world leaders.


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