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A monument to the Soviet intelligence officer Dmitry Bystroletov, who was born in Crimea, was unveiled in Simferopol. The author of the bust is the sculptor of the Military Artists’ Studio named after M. B. Grekova Alexey Chebanenko.
The ceremony was attended by the Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Russian Historical Society Sergei Naryshkin and Aide to the President of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Russian Military Historical Society Vladimir Medinsky.
“Today we are unveiling a monument to the outstanding Crimean native, the legendary Soviet intelligence officer and talented writer Dmitry Alexandrovich Bystroletov. This year marks exactly 120 years since his birth. Soviet foreign intelligence officer Dmitry Bystroletov carried out special tasks for the Motherland on four continents. He managed to get diplomatic codes of most of the leading powers in Europe, he created an extensive network of sources of the most valuable political and military-strategic information. His high professionalism, dedication and subtle mind allowed him to carry out the most difficult tasks of the Center and find a way out of seemingly hopeless situations, ”said Sergei Naryshkin.
Dmitry Bystroletov was born in the village of Achkor, Tavricheskaya province (now Gvardeyskoye Pervomaisky district) in 1901. During the Civil War, he emigrated, but already in the 1920s he began to cooperate with Soviet intelligence. He carried out his activities as an intelligence officer all over the world, including in Nazi Germany. In 1937 he returned to the USSR, in 1938 he was repressed on false denunciation. He spent 16 years in prison, rehabilitated in 1954. He died in 1975 and was buried in Moscow. In addition to intelligence, he had the specialties of a lawyer, doctor, artist, and writer. He spoke 20 languages. Despite the fact that Bystroletov’s illegal activities in the West lasted only 12 years, from 1924 to 1936, he, according to the Foreign Intelligence Service of the Russian Federation, became one of the most effective agents.
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