Juho Kotakallio, The Agent Who Did Not Return.
In the autumn of 1925 a famous British agent, Sidney Reilly, travelled from New York to Paris,
where he met with a Russian White General, Alexandr Kutepov, and a British Secret Intelligence
Service (SIS) officer, Ernest Boyce. Reilly was one of the most active anti-Bolshevik agents
working worked against the Soviet regime. The men discussed a counter-revolutionary
organisation, the Trust, which was operating inside the Soviet Union. They thought that the Trust
could create a counter-revolution in the Soviet Union and lift anti-Bolshevik forces to power.
After the meeting Sidney Reilly continued to Finland, where he met with two couriers of
Kutepov and the Trust. He was then informed that he needed to proceed to Vyborg to meet with
representatives of the Trust. Vyborg was the nearest border city on the Finnish side before the
Russo-Finnish border. After meeting with the representatives of the Trust, Reilly was convinced
that the counter-revolutionary organisation was the solution to overthrow the Bolshevik regime.
He relied on a Trust agent named Alexandr Yakushev, who promised him a safe visit to the
Soviet Union. Reilly accepted the invitation to meet with the highest chiefs of the Trust in
Leningrad and Moscow.
Reilly crossed the Russo-Finnish border in late September 1925. He travelled to Leningrad
and Moscow, as planned, but was imprisoned by the Soviet secret police, the OGPU. It turned
out that the Trust in fact was a plot created by the OGPU to destroy anti-Bolsheviks and white
émigrés. Reilly was interrogated at the headquarters of the secret police and threatened with
death sentence, which he had already been sentenced to in 1918. Reilly, who had survived before,
could not avoid his destiny despite sharing information about his activities and accomplices, and
The fact that Reilly did not return to Finland raised questions about his destiny, which
remained unanswered for years. Had he been shot at the border or had he defected to the Soviet
side? Latest research has solved the mystery and undoubtedly established that agent Sidney
Reilly died in Moscow 1925.