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 and not using a hint. The situations surrounding his dying stay a mystery.
This vintage autobiography unearths the fascinating adventures and exploits of the guy greatly credited as being the unique twentieth-century super-spy, idea 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. provided the army move 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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He had been long acquainted with me and his loyalty was above suspicion. It was a queer moment when I heard his voice over the wire. Two years had passed since last I spoke to him, and in those two years Russia had been turned upside down. It made our friendship seem immensely ancient somehow, as if we were survivors of a forgotten civilisation. In pursuance of my policy of appearing in my own person, I fixed an appointment with him at his office and went round to see him openly. Grammatikoff gave me a very graphic and terrible account of the position of affairs in Russia.
A committee was formed and the club, under the title of the ‘Ailles’, came into being. But something more was needed to give it an impetus. Following a general council meeting of all its members, a letter was addressed to Sidney Reilly, asking him to join them. Sidney Reilly consented, joined them as a respected and much admired friend, and very soon had become the leading spirit of the club. For the next two years all his activities were engrossed in the ‘Ailles’. He was recognised as a loyal friend, a good companion, and as a man who dominated his company.
Looking back I wonder that in so short a time I was able to accomplish so much. Only two things remained to be done. The most formidable obstacle in our path was constituted by the Lettish garrison, who, as I have explained, were mercenaries in the pay of the Bolsheviks. I must buy their support. Secondly, I must time the rising when both Lenin and Trotsky should be in Moscow. For Lenin and Trotsky were Bolshevism. Once they were removed the whole foul institution would crumble to dust, but while they lived there could be no peace in Russia.