Adventures of a British Master Spy: The Memoirs of Sydney by Sidney Reilly

By Sidney Reilly

In September 1925, Sidney Reilly journeyed around the Russian frontier on a undertaking to overthrow the Bolsheviks and repair the Czar. He vanished and not using a hint. The conditions surrounding his dying stay a mystery.

This vintage autobiography unearths the exciting adventures and exploits of the guy greatly credited as being the unique twentieth-century super-spy, suggestion for Ian Fleming's James Bond.

Sidney Reilly, the so-called Ace of Spies, used to be a womanizing British undercover agent who claimed to be Irish yet was once actually Russian. offered the army go for his bold operations, he met his demise in Russia in 1925 after a sting operation via the Soviet mystery Service.

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Everywhere was starvation, food queues that had forgotten to be clamorous, dearth, stagnation. And over all silent, secret, ferocious, menacing, hung the crimson shadow of the Tcheka. The new masters were ruling in Russia. A city of the damned. Bolshevism, the new bantling of slow time, had been baptised in the blood of the bourgeoisie. Among its leaders were those who had been before oppressed by society – whatever they were, criminals, assassins, murderers, gunmen, desperadoes. The more serious their crimes had been, the heavier the penalties hanging over their heads at the time when all prisoners in the state prisons were released, the greater was their grievance against society and the greater was their welcome to the ranks of Bolshevism.

He immediately proceeded to Japan to place contracts for military equipment in the name of the Banque Russo-Asiatique. From Japan he went to America and placed large orders with the chief engineering firms there. During this period he returned twice to Petrograd but he was in America when the news arrived that a revolution had broken out in Russia, that her continuance of hostilities was unlikely and that in any case her need for munitions had come to a sudden stop. Reilly was at a loose end. There was nothing left for him to do in America and little purpose in his returning to Russia.

One day to his extreme horror he received a summons from the Tcheka-Criminel. In fear and trembling poor Grammatikoff presented himself at the offices of the Tcheka, which were situated in the old Ministry of the Interior on the Fontanka quay, and was immediately conducted into the sumptuous apartment of the old Ministry, which had been assigned to the President of the Tcheka-Criminel. The President was sitting at his desk, and a stenographer was in the room with him. When Grammatikoff entered the President introduced himself with a strong Polish accent as ‘Veneslav Orlovsky’.

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