Cryptologic Bytes

Soviet spy radio discovered buried in former forest in Germany

In a February 2020 article by Tom Metcalfe - Live Science Contributor, we learn about a sophisticated Soviet spy radio buried before the fall of the Iron Curtain that was discovered in August 2019 by archaeologists digging for the remains of a Roman villa near the German city of Cologne. The dig site was near what was once a path through the Hambach Forest.

The radio, hermetically sealed in a metal box, is a model R-394KM transmitter and receiver — code-named "Strizh," meaning "Swift" — manufactured in the Soviet Union in 1987.

Learn more about what scientists suspect agents used the radio for and who was most likely to have used it via the full article on




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