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By Sidney Reilly
In September 1925, Sidney Reilly journeyed around the Russian frontier on a venture to overthrow the Bolsheviks and restoration the Czar. He vanished with no hint. The conditions surrounding his dying stay a mystery.
This vintage autobiography unearths the fascinating adventures and exploits of the fellow commonly credited as being the unique twentieth-century super-spy, concept for Ian Fleming's James Bond.
Sidney Reilly, the so-called Ace of Spies, was once a womanizing British undercover agent who claimed to be Irish yet used to be in truth Russian. provided the army pass for his bold operations, he met his demise in Russia in 1925 after a sting operation by means of the Soviet mystery Service.
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They said that this fire was the work of the French mission. The Allies themselves were anxious enough to leave Moscow. There was no point in remaining there. The city had sunk into a state of putrescence and stagnation beyond recall. It was fit to excite the disgust of any decent man. The missions were exposed to the insults of mentally and physically unhygienic commissars. The consulates were raided more than once and the Allied representatives treated with the grossest indignity and contumely.
The terror of the Tcheka was heavy on every man. All the higher officials of the Tcheka are members of the Communist Party, and the names of some of them are known. But who are its servants what man shall say? The man who has been your friend from infancy, the woman you love, nay, your parents or your children may be in the service of the Tcheka against you. It is a terrible, a gruesome, ghastly thing. Nobody trusts anybody any more; no man dares commit a secret even to his bosom friend. Some of its work is done by provocateurs, men who deliberately foment counter-revolutionary plots, and when they have engineered a conspiracy, which is just about to burst into open flame, betray it to their masters.
The door closed quietly behind me. I was M. Constantine, Chief of the British secret intelligence service in Soviet Russia. • • • In the spring of 1918, on returning from a mission, I found my superiors awaiting me with some impatience. I was instructed to proceed to Russia without delay. The progress of affairs in that part of the world was filling the Allies with consternation. Following the breakdown of Kerenski’s abortive administration and the accession of the Bolsheviks to power, Russia had ceased hostilities against Germany.