Vladimir Grigorievich Orlov was born in 1882 in the Zaraisk district of the Ryazan province. He came from a family of impoverished nobles. He moved to Warsaw, where he began studying at the gymnasium together with the future terrorists Ivan Kalyaev and Boris Savinkov . Entered the Faculty of Law of Warsaw University. In his student years, he left for an internship in the United States, where he studied criminology and the study of administrative law. He worked as a typesetter in Russian type, as a sailor on a ship. Participated in the Russo-Japanese War. Upon his return to Russia, he worked as a referendary in the Moscow District Court. In 1905, he began working as a forensic investigator in Warsaw. Two years later, he worked as a judicial investigator in the Lovichi district of the Warsaw province , and later as an assistant public prosecutor in the Radom District Court. Orlov investigated the case of Felix Dzerzhinsky. In 1910, Vladimir Orlov was appointed chief state prosecutor to the commission of Count Medem to investigate fraud during the reconstruction of the Siberian railway in the location of the Omsk military district. In 1912, having returned to Poland, he became an investigator for the Warsaw District Court for particularly important political crimes. In 1914, with the outbreak of World War I, he was voluntarily sent to an artillery unit in the Osovets fortress . Further, Orlov was assigned to the intelligence department of the headquarters of the commander-in-chief of the North-Western Front. He also took the post of chief military prosecutor at the headquarters of the troops of the Western Front. In mid-March 1915, Vladimir Orlov was appointed military investigator at the Headquarters of the Supreme Commander. In 1916, Orlov was a member of the commission investigating cases related to insufficient and untimely provision of the Russian army during hostilities. He worked under the leadership of General Alekseev.¹

After October 1917, he was ordered to create a network of underground intelligence organizations in major Russian cities to spy for the White Army. According to fake documents of Boleslav Orlinsky Petrograd Commission of Inquiry, which was under the jurisdiction of the Cheka. In the service he met with Dzerzhinsky, but in May 1918 he was exposed. Collaborated with the British intelligence officer Sydney Reilly . Through Finland, he fled to Odessa, where in 1919 he became head of counterintelligence at the headquarters of the commander of the Volunteer Army of the Odessa region.² In December 1919, he accepted the post of head of the counterintelligence unit of the special branch of the department of the General Staff of the All -Union Socialist Republic in Yekaterinodar . In 1920 Orlov left Russia. From 1921 to 1926 he was seconded to the commission of General Wrangel in Berlin. His commission was engaged in collecting data on the activities of the Bolsheviks in the pre-October and post-October periods. Orlov's relations within the white emigration escalated. Especially with the Brotherhood of Russian Truth. In 1929 he was arrested as a Soviet spy. With the coming to power of the Nazis in Germany in 1933, pressure on Orlov increased. He was helped to escape to Belgium, but in 1939 Orlov was captured by the Gestapo Gruppenführer Müller and was taken to Berlin. January 12, 1941 the body of Vladimir Orlov was found in one of the Berlin squares.³
Vladimir Grigorievich Orlov (1882 - 1941)
Vladimir Grigorievich Orlov (1882 - 1941)
[1] Orlov, Vladimir. Dvoynoy Agent. Zapiski Russkogo Kontrrazvedchika. Sovremennik, 1998.
[2] Faytel’berg-Blank, Viktor, and Viktor Savchenko. Odessa v Epokhu Voin i Revolutsii. 1914-1920. Optimum, 2008.
[3] Zdanovich, Aleksandr. Svoi i Chuzhiye - Intrigi Razvedki. Olma-Press, 2002.
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