Vic Allen (born 1922) is a British academic who is a former Professor of Economics at Leeds University who was revealed to have been an "agent of influence" for the East German Stasi secret police.[1][2][3][4]

Leaving school at 15, he was a bricklayer before war service. Attending the London School of Economics from 1946; he gained his doctorate at the institution. He became a lecturer at Leeds in 1959, and became a Professor in 1973.[5] Allen was the official historian of the British National Union of Mineworkers,[6] a confidante of Arthur Scargill.

In 1985, a member of the national committee of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, he came last in a ballot to choose the chair of the organisation.[7] He was revealed in September 1999 to have been an "agent of influence" for the East German Stasi secret police, from material contained in the Mitrokhin Archive, possessing the code name "Barber".[1][2][3][4] Allen has boasted on "pass[ing] on information about CND's activities ... [but] considered that perfectly legitimate because he belonged to a pro-Soviet, pro-East German faction of the group."[8]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Peter Schweizer, Reagan's war: the epic story of his forty-year struggle and final triumph over communism, Doubleday, 2002, ISBN 0-385-50471-3, p.222
  2. 2.0 2.1 Stefan Berger, Norman Laporte, The other Germany: perceptions and influences in British-East German relations, 1945-1990, Wissner, 2005, ISBN 3-89639-485-1, p.86-87
  3. 3.0 3.1 I regret nothing, says Stasi spy, BBC News, 20 September 1999
  4. 4.0 4.1 Paul Lashmar, et al "Scargill's ally was Stasi agent", Independent on Sunday, 19 September 1999
  5. Joe MacLaughlin and Mark Rowe "East German agent with the perfect pedigree", The Independent, 19 September 1999
  6. Vic Allen "My secret mission to meet Fidel", Cuba Si, 8 May 2003
  7. Ian Hargreaves "Spies are just not the same class of person as they used to be", New Statesman, 27 September 1999
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