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Veteran Soviet spy, Boris Gudz, dies at 104

Veteran Soviet spy, Boris Gudz, dies at 104

Boris Gudz, a veteran of the Soviet secret police who helped track down British spy Sydney Reilly in the early 1920s, has died. He was 104.
Gudz died in Moscow on Wednesday, said a spokesman for the Federal Security Service, or FSB, who refused to give his name citing agency policy.
Gudz joined the Bolshevik OGPU secret police in 1923 and in 1925 took part in its so-called Operation Trust aimed at luring Reilly, a top British agent, to Russia to join an anti-Bolshevik organization that was in fact an OGPU trap. Reilly was arrested after crossing the border into Russia from Finland and executed shortly afterward.
Later in the 1920s, Gudz took part in security operations to disarm anti-Bolshevik militants in Chechnya and Dagestan. In the 1930s, he became involved in coordinating espionage operations in the Pacific region and worked as a Soviet resident in Japan in 1934-1936, according to the FSB statement carried by the RIA-Novosti news agency. Upon his return to Moscow, Gudz handled a group led by Richard Zorge, a top Soviet spy in Japan.
After Gudz's sister was arrested in Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's purges, he was ousted from his job, stripped of his Communist Party membership and had to work as a bus driver. He later got back his party card and held various administrative jobs.
Beginning in the late 1960s, Gudz consulted for Soviet film directors and writers on movies about the Soviet spy service.
"He was a charismatic, well educated and intelligent man with a sharp sense of humor and interest in life and people, and it was hard to believe he was (more than) a century old _ so shining were his eyes and so profound was his thinking," the FSB and the Society for the History of the Russian Secret Services said in their obituary carried by RIA-Novosti.
A mourning ceremony for Gudz will be held Saturday at the FSB Central Hospital in Moscow.


Updated : 2021-04-11 10:15 GMT+08:00