In the late 1970s and early 80s, the British intelligence agency MI5 discovered a Soviet submarine in the Baltic Sea.

MI5 sent a group of British spies to investigate and, when the Soviet ship went down, they were able to identify the captain and his two men.

They were arrested, charged and sentenced to death.

The captors were given the option of either spending their lives in a prison cell or on board the submarine. 

The men were given an ultimatum: either they’d give up their passports or be taken to the Soviet Union.

The two men refused. 

They were taken to a Russian prison, and they were put in a small cell.

In order to get out, they had to walk around the cell, climb up a metal ladder and open a large metal door. 

“There were two of us on the other side of the door.

One of us was a man of about 35 years of age, the other of about 20 years of old,” said one of the prisoners.

“We walked around the room and then the other one was holding on to the metal door that was opened on the side of our cell.

He was saying: ‘You’re going to die.

You’re going die’.” The men’s captors handed them a number of documents: a passport, a letter, a copy of a German diplomatic passport.

The prisoners read the documents out loud, then handed the documents back to the captors.

The letters read: “I, Kostya, am a citizen of the Soviet Federation. 

I have been a citizen since July 3, 1953.” 

The letters went on to say: “In accordance with Soviet law, I have been sentenced to a sentence of death.”

“We were just told that we’d die.

We were told that,” said the prisoner.

“So, we were just handed over and told to walk on the wall and open the door, to go to the toilet and we’d go to a certain part of the prison.

We’d sit in there for a long time, a long period of time, waiting for the time when they’d kill us.” 

“We didn’t have a chance,” said Kurmanov.

The two men were brought to the prison and given a trial in the Soviet prison system.

They testified that they had been captured in a raid by the Soviet navy and that they were given a number to sign.

The court sentenced them to death and handed down a sentence. 

When Kuratov was sentenced to be executed in the Russian penal system in 1981, the Soviet government ordered his body to be exhumed and buried in a special vault.

But the Russian government had a problem with the way it was going to bury the body.

After several attempts, a local church priest in Moscow decided to use a crane to lift the body up to a new vault in the church.

But it wasn’t going to work, and it was only when the crane was hauled up by the authorities that it finally succeeded.

Then in 1986, the body of Kurturin was exhumated and placed in a new Russian prison.

The bodies of two other prisoners, Sasha and Svetlana , were also exhumeds and placed into a new Russian prison.

They too were executed and buried with the body that was previously exhumued. 

Sash, who was convicted of murdering another prisoner, was buried with a coffin full of flowers, flowers and flowers. Svetlane, the second prisoner who was hanged, was given flowers and was buried in the same coffin. 

And finally Kudryavskiy, who was convicted of murging a prisoner and who suffered a heart attack while being gassed, was exulted by the people of Moscow and the whole of the Russian nation. 

After a short time in prison,  Kudryov was released.

He travelled around Europe, meeting people and visiting their homes.

He visited Germany and Switzerland.

He went to Italy and Spain, and met some of the most famous people in the world. 

He was also given a pension of £5,000 ($7,000) for his work as a Soviet diplomat. 

But when Kutkova was finally released from prison, her husband and three children were arrested and taken to Sukhaylovsk.

They weren’t given a funeral. 

‘They just let me die’The family of the British man who was executed had no idea why he was executed. 

 “The man who was sentenced to death had nothing to do with it,” said Kuznetsov.

“He was an innocent person, he was never involved in any kind of crime, he didn’t