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Gazette Premium Content Spy Museum eyes fact, fiction of 'The Americans'

Associated Press Updated: April 10, 2014 at 5:01 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Museum visitors in Washington are getting a look at real Soviet-era spy gear compared with props from TV's spy drama "The Americans."

The International Spy Museum has a new exhibit about the Soviet Union's intelligence services during the Cold War. "The Americans: Fact and Fantasy" includes real spy gear recovered from missions similar to the story depicted on TV. The exhibit runs through May.

In the show, two Soviet KGB officers pose as a suburban family on an undercover mission. Such Soviet spies were known by the Russians as "illegals."

Museum Executive Director Peter Earnest, a former CIA spy, says "illegals" are real. But in reality they wouldn't be as active as the characters on TV. More often they were deployed on extended missions with long periods of inactivity.

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