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Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service, a top KGB successor agency, said Vartanian died of an unspecified illness Tuesday.

President Dmitry Medvedev sent condolences to Vartanian’s widow, Goar, who worked together with him on intelligence missions abroad and helped cement their fame as a legendary spy couple.

Medvedev praised Vartanian on Wednesday as a legendary figure who participated in "brilliant special operations which became part of history of the nation’s foreign intelligence."

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