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Reilly, Sidney George, 1874-1925

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    • Markovich, 1874-1925
    • Reĭli, Sidneĭ Dzhordzh, 1874-1925
    • Relinskiĭ, 1874-1925
    • Rosenblum, Sigmund Georgjevich, 1874-1925
    • Rozenbli︠u︡m, Zigmund Grigorʹevich, 1874-1925
    • Sternberg, N., 1874-1925
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        Sokolniki, Russia
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    • found: His The adventures of Sidney Reilly, 1931.
    • found: Kto estʹ kto v Rossii i byvshem SSSR, 1994:p. 450-451 (Reĭli Sidneĭ Dzhordzh (Rozenbli︠u︡m Zigmund Grigorʹevich, Markovich); b. 03-24-1874, d. 11-05-1925; espionage agent. Possibly born near Odesa (Ukraine) although he claimed to be born in Ireland. He emigrated to South America, eventually moved to England and became an agent for British intelligence. He returned to Russia in 1900. He became a double agent for England and Japan in the Far East, but returned to Saint Petersburg in 1906. There he became a stateless agent for Czarist intelligence, informing them about Dzhugashvili (Stalin) and others. He returned to Japan and then went to the US. Returning to Russia in 1918, as a staffmember of the British Mission, he was sent back to London (with a Soviet passport) supplied by Litvinov. He was arrested in Murmansk by British authorities but was freed by British intelligence. He was given a passport [by British Secret Service] of the ChK [Chrezvychaĭnai︠a︡ Komissii︠a︡] with the name of Comrade Relinskiĭ, and with the assignment of organizing a coup against Dzerzhinskiĭ and Lenin. After Lenin was wounded by Fanni Kaplan the Soviet government assigned a bounty of 100,000 rubles for Reilly, who then fled to London. He decided to return to the Soviet Union in order to undermine the Communist government but fell into a trap organized by the GPU. He crossed the Soviet-Finnish border on 25 Sept. 1925 with a passport with the name of N. Sternberg. Soviet authorities claimed he was shot on 29 Sept. 1925, but in Sept. 1927 "Izvestii︠a︡" claimed he was executed in June of that year. In 1991 his death date was confirmed as 5 November 1925 in Sokolʹniki park in Moscow)
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