Background: General Pushkin succeeded General Gogol as leader of the KGB and promptly found himself in the middle of an arms for heroin smuggling ring being masterminded by one of his own charges. Pushkin began to suspect that General Yeorgi Koskov was misusing, or stealing, state funds. He was just about to question Yeorgi when he defected to the West while attending a concert in Czechoslavakia.
Yeorgi promptly informed the British Secret Service of Operation Smiert Spionem: “Death To Spies”. Yeorgi claimed the operation was being spearheaded by Pushkin, who wanted to assasinate counter spies and lead the world to the brink of World War 3. The reality was quite different. Truth be told, he was framing Pushkin for crimes he committed and was trying to persuade British Intelligence to assassinate Pushkin for him; in effect, get others to do his dirty work for him.
Bond was wise to the plot from the very beginning, and never trusted Yeorgi. When he finally got a chance to confront Pushkin, the two hammered out a plan to trick Koskov into thinking Bond had shot and killed Pushkin. Later, Pushkin revealed himself to Koskov, promptly putting him on a plane back to Moscow to face charges of defecting. Before parting ways, Pushkin arranged for Kara Milovy to have a visa so she could travel in and out of the Iron Curtain whenever she pleased.