By Sidney Reilly
In September 1925, Sidney Reilly journeyed around the Russian frontier on a challenge to overthrow the Bolsheviks and restoration the Czar. He vanished and not using a hint. The conditions surrounding his dying stay a mystery.
This vintage autobiography finds the fascinating adventures and exploits of the fellow commonly 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 used to be in reality Russian. offered the army pass for his bold operations, he met his demise in Russia in 1925 after a sting operation by way of the Soviet mystery Service.
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All arrangements were made for a provisional government. My great friend and ally Grammatikoff was to become Minister of the Interior, having under his direction all affairs of police and finance. Tchubersky, an old friend and business associate of mine, who had been head of one of the greatest mercantile houses in Russia, was to become Minister of Communications. Judenitch, Tchubersky and Grammatikoff would constitute a provisional government to suppress the anarchy which would almost inevitably follow from such a revolution.
Now the rabble was cowed and frightened, except for the few that were Bolsheviks. 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.
He was recognised as a loyal friend, a good companion, and as a man who dominated his company. In the year of the foundation of the ‘Ailles’ he was appointed to the council of his old firm, the Compagnie de Navigation Est-Asiatique. By this time he was recognised as one of the leading figures in the Russian commercial world, and circumstances were soon to arise which were to provide a field for his talents in commercial diplomacy. Such was his position and reputation when in 1914 war broke out between Russia and Germany, and at once created a demand for munitions to which he more perhaps than any other man in Russia was in a position to attend.