Mikhail Isaakovich Mukasei Russian: Михаил Исаакович Мукасей; 13 August 1907, Zamostsye, Minsk Governorate, Russian Empire – 19 August 2008, Moscow, Russia was a Soviet spy codenamed Zephyr
The son of a Jewish blacksmith, when Mukasei he was 18 he started studying at the Institute of Oriental Languages in Leningrad, specializing in Bengali and English In 1937 he was ordered by the Communist Party of the Soviet Union to study at the Intelligence School of the Workers' and Peasants' Red Army
In 1939, he and his wife Elizaveta née Emelianov, 1912–2009 and their two children, moved to Los Angeles and began gathering military intelligence Mukasei's parents and other members of his family were killed by the Germans In 1943, Mukasei, his wife and children returned to Moscow and he was appointed deputy head of the Intelligence School
From the 1940s through the 1970s, Mukasei, along with his wife Elizaveta codenamed Elza, took part in a number of undercover operations in Western Europe and the United States
Assigned to the Soviet diplomatic staff in the United States during the Second World War as vice consul in Los Angeles, Mukasei made use of his position to gather information on any threats to the Soviet Union posed by Imperial JapanHe continued his work in an undisclosed country in Western Europe from the 1950s to the late 1970s
In 1977 Mukasei and his family returned to Moscow and began training spies He wrote training manuals for reconnaissance work and was a professor at the Russian Academy of Security, Defense and Law Enforcement In December, 2004, Mukasei published a book of their memoirs called Zephyr and Elsa in which they wrote about their thirty years of work and life abroad In the post-Soviet period, he was honored for his "outstanding contribution to ensuring the security of the Russian Federation"
- ^ Могила М И Мукасея
- ^ Биография на сайте СВР РФ
- ^ Два нелегала приоткрыли своё лицо
- ^ a b c d e The Daily Telegraph
- ^ Elizaveta Mukasei, Soviet Spy, Is Dead at 97 The New York Times; accessed 16 September 2017
- Mikhail Mukasei's obituary in Italian
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