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Pavel Iur’evich Oras

Pavel Oras, USSR State security and intelligence officer.

Background

  • Oras, Pavel was born in 1897 in Reval (now Tallinn).

  • Career

    • Sailor in the Baltic fleet. Active participant in the Bolshevik take-over, 1917. Joined the Cheka. Organized Soviet espionage in Turkey, Sweden, Norway and Greece in the 1920-1930s, declared persona non grata in all of those countries.

      Appointed 1st Soviet naval attache in Washington, 1934, built up a Soviet espionage net in the USA. Recalled to the Soviet Union, liquidated on Stalin’s orders.
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    Died 1936
    (aged 39)
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