Richard Sorge - a man of amazing fate
German by nationality, he fought in World War I on the side of Germany, and later began working for Soviet intelligence and put a lot of effort into defeating fascism. He was invulnerable, spent many years in Japan, burning his life: expensive cars and women were his passion. One of the fleeting hobbies of a local dancer was fatal for the legendary scout. According to the report of the girl, Richard was arrested and sentenced to death.
Richard Sorge - Hero of the Soviet Union
In the Soviet Union, little was known about Richard Sorge: once they fell out of favor with Stalin, the military intelligence officer was no longer able to rehabilitate himself. His guilt before the leadership was inexcusable: he confessed to his Russian wife in secret activities. At that time, the woman was expecting a child from Richard, but soon she was arrested and poisoned.
In general, women have a lot of Sorge. Officially, he had three marriages: with a German, Russian and Japanese. According to some reports, in the Land of the Rising Sun, the heartbreaker scout had more than 30 mistresses.
One of them, the dancer Kiyomi, became a femme fatale for Richard - she handed it over to the police. A practically detective story is connected with Kiomi: this girl was recruited by the police, her lover was under arrest, and at the cost of his release any compromising material on a distinguished intelligence officer was. One evening, Kiomi watched Sorge and, when he received another note from the waiter (his informant), agreed to leave with him and spend the night. On the way, Sorge wanted to burn the letter, but his lighter did not work foully. Then the scout tore a sheet of paper, threw it out of the window of the car and left the place. Kiyomi asked to stop at the phone booth. Needless to say, after a couple of hours, police raided the house of Richard Sorge, and instead of an arrest warrant, he was handed a glued report. On espionage charges Sorge was executed.
Personal card of Richard Sorge
The attitude towards Richard Sorge in the Soviet Union was ambiguous. Initially, he was not remembered at all, in 1938 he received orders to return to the USSR, but he understood that he was waiting for him there and stayed to work in Japan. Interestingly, the Soviet leadership refused to finance his work, Sorge contained all the informants, in fact, from his own pocket. And he persistently sent reports to Moscow.It was Sorge who warned about the likely attack of the fascist troops on the USSR, it was he who confirmed that Japan does not plan to attack the Land of the Soviets. They were skeptical of the first statement, they took the second seriously and transferred part of the Far Eastern troops to the defense of the capital. This largely helped not pass Moscow.
Richard Sorge in a hospital bed after a serious injury during World War I.
A wave of interest in the personality of Sorge rose in Russia in the 1960s, when a French film about the legendary scout appeared on the screens. Nikita Khrushchev saw him as a hero and intended to put him to the award posthumously, but he was dismissed from his post. True, the initiative was supported, and the title of Hero of the Soviet Union found its owner.