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Title: Yevno Azev (1869-1918)

Description: Yevno Azev (Yevno Philopopvich Azev; Azef; 1869-April 24, 1918), Russian double agent, shown left in 1910 on the Riviera with one of his many mistresses. Arguably the most ruthless, conniving double spy in espionage history, Azev was a spymaster for Russian revolutionaries for several decades as well as a spymaster for Imperial Russian Intelligence and Secret Police, the Okhrana, dangerously working both sides against each other and growing rich on the enormous payments he received from both. He planned and executed revolutionary assassinations in Czarist Russia, organizing the murders of revolutionaries on behalf of the Okhrana and organizing the murders of Czarist officials on behalf of the revolutionaries, particularly the Union of Socialist Revolutionaries Abroad (USRA) of which he was a leading member. Azev planned the murder of Nicolai Bogolepov, Russia's Minister of Education, shot and killed by a revolutionary student on February 27, 1901, and Azev then identified the student to the Okhrana, who summarily executed him. Azev plotted the assassination of the much disliked Vyacheslav von Plehve (Vyacheslav Konstantinovich von Plehve; April 20, 1846-July 28, 1904), Czarist Minister of the Interior at St. Petersburg, and arranged for the murder of Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich (May 11, 1857-February 17, 1905) at the Kremlin. In 1909, Azev was exposed as a double agent to the revolutionaries, but he denied these allegations, saying that he would provide irrefutable proof that he was a dedicated revolutionary. He was to appear at a secret tribunal the next day to show that proof, but disappeared. He fled, traveling about the Continent, enjoying his riches, until settling in Germany, where he died in 1918, buried in an unmarked grave.

Category: Intelligence

Keywords: Yevno Azev, Union of Socialist Revolutionaries Abroad, USRA, Okhrana, Nicolai Bogolepov, Vyacheslav von Plehve, Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich, double agents, spymasters, spies, spying, espionage, Intelligence, revolutionaries, insurrections, insurrectionists, secret police, Imperial Russia, Czarist Russia, Berlin, Germany, unmarked graves, mistresses, Riviera, bathing, swimming

Orientation: Portrait

Dimensions: 1500 x 1727 (2.59 MPixels) (1.15)

Print Size: 12.7 x 14.6 cm; 5.0 x 5.8 inches

File Size: 7.45 MB (7,808,226 Bytes)

Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi

Color Depth: 16.7 million (24 BitsPerPixel)

Compression: None

Image Number: 0000004437

Source: Jay Robert Nash Collection

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