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Mikhail Bournholz (KV 2/2569)

This slim file presents an interesting take on the life of a Soviet intelligence officer in Constantinople between the wars, working under the cover of the Soviet oil industry. The file was opened to deal with Bournholz's applications for British visas (and it is not clear if they were refused or granted from the file) and contains photographs submitted with those applications. The main interest, however, is the account of a mysterious "Madam X", a Russian monarchist living in Constantinople in 1929. She lived in the same building as Bournholz, and reported that he had befriended her and her child, and wished to become her lover. The report she makes gives details of his lifestyle in Turkey, his financial difficulties, his intelligence role and his extreme carelessness with the secrets entrusted to him.