We all have that story about when we’ve been on holiday and something unbelievable happens.
But then if you think about it, or you get a little bit more info, it probably wasn’t that amazing to begin with and it was just something relatively normal.
And now UK Prime Minister David Cameron has found that out, with a Russian academic refuting his story that KGB agents attempted to recruit him when he was 19 years old as a Cold War spy.
He first told the story in 2006 on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs.
‘I traveled on the Trans-Siberian railway… and then met a great friend in Moscow,’ he said. ‘We went down to the Black Sea and were on the beach in Yalta.
‘These two Russians who spoke perfect English sort of turned up on the beach, which was mainly reserved for foreign tourists, and took us out to dinner, and interrogated us in a very friendly way about life in England and politics.’
But it turns out it wasn’t KGB agents, Russian author Gennay Solokov claims secret service sources have told him that there was no bid to recruit Cameron. And in fact, they were just a couple of gay men looking for sex.
He said: ‘If the KGB had a task to work with a 19-year-old unknown young man Cameron, there would have remained certain paperwork on this matter.
‘We have cautiously asked well-informed people if there is a file on Cameron in KGB archives. We got a definite reply that there is no such file in the archives, and there was no such file earlier. The KGB was not working on Cameron.’
He claims to have tracked down the two men, finding out they were black market salesmen attempting to buy Western products to flog to the Russian public.
Solokov said: ‘The pair planned to buy some foreign stuff like jeans to resell them later and, after all, to make friends with two nice looking British guys – there was also a gay motive.’