Margaret Thatcher was the target of a Russian assassination plot at the height of the Cold War, secret documents have revealed.
The Iron Lady was targeted by the Spetsnaz – the Soviet special forces – who in the event of hostilities breaking out wanted to kill her before she could launch a nuclear strike.
The PM was warned of the threat in 1981 by intelligence chief Sir Antony Acland in a report publicly just released from the National Archives under the 30-year rule. He is believed to have been tipped off by a Russian army defector smuggled into Britain by MI6.
Lady Thatcher, who had been Prime Minister for less than two years at the time, was the prime target of a special unit of 500 selected to infiltrate the UK before hostilities broke out.