DAVTIAN, Yakoff Christoplanvitch

  • Catalogue ref: KV 2/3727
  • Date: 28/02/1919 - 25/06/1934

A protégé of Stalin, Davtian founded with Dzerzhinsky in 1921 the Foreign Intelligence Department (INO) of the OGPU. In 1919 he had arrived in Paris, ostensibly as a Bolshevik Red Cross delegate, and was later Soviet Ambassador in Persia, Greece and Poland. In the file Davtian is amongst a list of names of 'dangerous, clever and unscrupulous communists'.