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Pavel Iur’evich Oras

State security and intelligence officer

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.