Moura Budberg – “Mata Hari” of Russia

We have always been drawn to women in history who were beautiful, sensuous, and mysterious – who seduced and mesmerised men of power, intellect, and prestige.

“Cleopatra” – who famously seduced Anthony, was one – but the seductress who fascinates is… “Mata Hari”.

Baroness Moura Budberg was a Russian noblewoman and a suspected double-agent for both the Soviet Union and British intelligence (she is the great-great-aunt of the current Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, the handsome Nick Clegg).

She – was dubbed the “Mata Hari of Russia”.

Moura was “sensuously beautiful” and a sexually liberated women.  She lead a life full of glamorous liaisons and shadowy connections.

Baroness Budberg was also the mistress of Sir Robert Bruce Lockhart – the most famous British spy sent to Russia, said to be the inspiration for Ian Fleming’s “Bond” – was the love of her life, and one who mentioned her by name in his book “Memoirs of a Secret Agent”.

She also had a liaison with the great Russian writer Maxim Gorky, and historian and science fiction writer H.G. Wells.

The British Embassy in Moscow described the Baroness to MI5 as a “very dangerous woman”.

Beautiful, sensuous, seductive, intelligent, and dangerous…?    Maybe.

But these amazing women (without whom history would have been a bore….) had a charisma – that was lethal and unforgettable, rendering the seductresses of recent times – pale versions of the genuine article.


One thought on “Moura Budberg – “Mata Hari” of Russia

  • 30th March 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Where can I buy this book on Moura Budberg? I live in Manhattan


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