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#125 - Vladimir Bourtzeff

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Scarce letter by the Russian revolutionary

Russian revolutionary activist, scholar, publisher, and editor of several Russian language periodicals (1862–1942). ALS in French, signed “W. Bourtzeff,” one page, 5.25 x 8.5, L'Avenir letterhead, June 1, 1917. Letter to Mr. F. Bertelli, requesting a copy of the New York American containing a particular interview. In fine condition, with overall toning and light soiling. During his period of revolutionary activities, Bourtzeff spent much of his time exposing spies and saboteurs seeking to undermine the movement. He most notably unmasked Yevno Azef as a double-agent, spying for the secret police while also fronting attacks against the government as the leader of the Social Revolutionary Party’s Combat Organization, considered a ‘terrorist brigade.’ Bourtzeff succeeded in proving Azeff a traitor to both sides, and both resolved to punish Azeff by death for his monumental deceit. A rare letter from this intriguing figure of the early Russian Revolution. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.

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