Sidney Reilly

1873 - 1925

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Sidney George Reilly (; c. 1873 – 5 November 1925)—known as "Ace of Spies"—was a Russian-born adventurer and secret agent employed by Scotland Yard's Special Branch and later by the Foreign Section of the British Secret Service Bureau, the precursor to the modern British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6/SIS). He is alleged to have spied for at least four different great powers, and documentary evidence indicates that he was involved in espionage activities in 1890s London among Russian émigré circles, in Manchuria on the eve of the Russo-Japanese War (1904–05), and in an abortive 1918 coup d'état against Vladimir Lenin's Bolshevik government in Moscow.Reilly disappeared in Soviet Russia in the mid-1920s, lured by Cheka's Operation Trust. British diplomat and journalist R. H. Bruce Lockhart publicised his and Reilly's 1918 exploits to overthrow the Bolshevik regime in Lockhart's 1932 book Memoirs of a British Agent. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sidney Reilly has received more than 901,182 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia. Sidney Reilly is the 8,474th most popular politician (down from 8,094th in 2019), the 320th most popular biography from Ukraine (down from 300th in 2019) and the 94th most popular Ukrainian Politician.

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Among politicians, Sidney Reilly ranks 8,474 out of 15,710Before him are Archduke Rainer Ferdinand of Austria, Gebre Mesqel Lalibela, Prince George William of Hesse-Darmstadt, Princess Caroline Louise of Hesse-Darmstadt, Artabanus III of Parthia, and Julio Anguita. After him are Friedrich Arnold Brockhaus, Jean-Yves Le Drian, Princess Mary of Great Britain, Ashikaga Yoshihisa, Nepherites I, and Salonia Matidia.

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Among people born in 1873, Sidney Reilly ranks 80Before him are Iuliu Maniu, Félix d'Herelle, Józef Haller, Dámaso Berenguer, Rudolf Rocker, and Kyōka Izumi. After him are Carl Flesch, Charles Fox Parham, Miklós Bánffy, José Martínez Ruiz, Gustaf John Ramstedt, and Ford Madox Ford. Among people deceased in 1925, Sidney Reilly ranks 68Before him are Leo Fall, Stefan Żeromski, Aristide Bruant, Myer Prinstein, Joel Hastings Metcalf, and Princess Therese of Bavaria. After him are Pablo Iglesias Posse, Antonio Maura, Thomas R. Marshall, Nikolai Golitsyn, André Caplet, and Otto Wilhelm Thomé.

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In Ukraine

Among people born in Ukraine, Sidney Reilly ranks 320 out of 913Before him are Stanisław Maczek (1892), Olga Kurylenko (1979), Mikhail Artsybashev (1878), Grigory Petrovsky (1878), Igor Volk (1937), and Igor Shafarevich (1923). After him are Grigory Shtern (1900), Sergei Natanovich Bernstein (1880), Elisabeth Bergner (1897), Fedor Emelianenko (1976), Dmitry Levitzky (1735), and Michał Boym (1614).

Among POLITICIANS In Ukraine

Among politicians born in Ukraine, Sidney Reilly ranks 94Before him are Igor Moiseyev (1906), Anna Walentynowicz (1929), Natan Sharansky (1948), Rostislav I of Kiev (1110), Volodymyr Vynnychenko (1880), and Grigory Petrovsky (1878). After him are Eugen Schauman (1875), Lev Mekhlis (1889), Maria Dobroniega of Kiev (null), Yaakov Dori (1899), Vera Kholodnaya (1893), and Igor Sergeyev (1938).