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The legendary spy with zero mistakes: 30 years of lurking, never missed

  Russia’s “Arguments and Facts” weekly newspaper believes that generally speaking, it is rare for spies to live long, but the legendary Soviet spy Mukasey is an exception. From the United States to Europe, Mukasey has been lurking for nearly 30 years, and has escaped from repeated dangers. How did this legendary spy achieve “zero mistakes”?
  From “Mike” and “Betsy” in the United States to “Zefir” and “Elsa” in Europe, the legendary Soviet spies Mukasey and his wife have been lurking for nearly 30 years. The legendary life of “zero mistakes”.
   Generally speaking, it is rare for spies to live a long life, but Mikhail Mukasey is an exception. He has passed the threshold of a hundred years old. Recently, the website of the Russian weekly “Arguments and Facts” published an article titled “The Legendary Spy Mukasey with Zero Mistakes”, revealing the legendary spy’s “zero-mistakes” career.
  
  Long-sleeved and good at
   dancing Mukasey was born on August 15, 1907 in a Jewish family in the countryside of Belarus. His family has been blacksmithing for generations, but he has no interest in this business. He joined the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1929 and was admitted to Leningrad University for further studies. Because of his extraordinary language talent, he was sent to the Institute of Oriental Languages, specializing in Bengali and English. After graduating in 1937, he entered the training institution of the Workers’ and Peasants’ Red Army Intelligence Bureau and received professional intelligence training.
   In 1939, he and his wife Elizabeth were sent to Los Angeles, USA, under the guise of vice-consul.
   There are a large number of American movie stars and high-ranking officials living around Hollywood in Los Angeles, and the Mukaseys are skillful in dealing with celebrities from all walks of life. At that time, Americans were very interested in the Soviet Union. They were called “Mike” and “Betsy”, and they soon became popular figures in the local social circle.
   They also became close friends with the famous British comedian Chaplin. Chaplin often visited their home. He once reminded Mukasey that the top leaders of the United States knew that Hitler (the German chancellor and the leader of the Nazi party) would attack the Soviet Union, and even the president whispered to himself that the Soviet Union would be in trouble.
   In the United States at that time, people in the art world had close contacts with high-level government officials. President Franklin Roosevelt liked to chat with celebrities and writers very much.
   Through friends in show business and literature, the Mukaseys had no trouble picking up the relevant conversations. They immediately sent the valuable information back to Moscow, and wrote it “from the president’s inner circle”.
  
  Lurking in Europe
   In 1943, Mukasey returned home with his family. In the next few years, he served as the vice-principal in charge of teaching at the School of Intelligence, while his wife worked as a secretary at the art committee of the Moscow Art Theater, and took time to learn acting from the theater’s chief director Kedrov. The relevant courses were crucial for her future secret agent missions. Useful.
   In 1955, Mukasey went to Switzerland to do underground intelligence work, and his new identity was an expert in selling fur goods. He studied this business very thoroughly, and soon became a very successful local fur trader, with a good income, and he could manage well without Moscow providing funds.
  Two years later, the Mukasheys went from “Mike” and “Betsy” in the United States to “Zeffer” and “Elsa” in Western Europe. In addition to carrying out covert missions, they also led a network of Soviet spies throughout Western Europe. Spies from various countries passed valuable information to them, and then they sorted it out and reported it to Moscow. After receiving instructions from the headquarters, they will assign jobs to other comrades in arms. As long as there is a slight difference, it will fall short.
  
  Wit escaped from danger
   The Mukaseys have encountered danger many times. Once they went out, they found several strange vehicles with antennas parked in the community, and speculated that the communication with Moscow took too long that day, and the radio waves were probably intercepted. They deliberately delayed returning home until very late. A Swiss newspaper the next day learned that the local counterintelligence service had located radio waves and searched several houses near his home.
   Elizabeth is a standard housewife in the eyes of her neighbors, but she doesn’t know that she disguises the sending antenna as the 12-meter-long power cord of the vacuum cleaner to hide the eyes and ears. They all mastered the unique skill of clearing the records on the Swiss passport with mineral water.
   They have to think through every detail. For example, their children stayed in Moscow. When Elizabeth was asked in the hospital, “You gave birth, where is the child?”, the answer must have been prepared long ago. On the day when the locals pay respects to their ancestors’ cemeteries, they will go to the cemetery, where there are tombstones with engraved characters, and the “children” will “be buried” here.
   Since then, the two have gone to work in France and other places. In 1967, the “Six-Day War” broke out between Arab countries in the Middle East and Israel, and the Soviet Union announced the severance of diplomatic relations with Israel. Mukasey, who is proficient in Jewish, happened to be lurking in Israel, and the information he sent back afterwards was very precious.
   Later, people asked how many countries they had worked in, and Elizabeth said frankly: more than 40 countries. They returned to the Soviet Union in the late 1970s to train a new generation of spies.
  The Silent King
   Whether in the Russian or Western intelligence circles, “the most successful spy is actually one that everyone knows nothing about his work.” The real king has been walking on the tip of his knife for many years and remains unknown.
   The legend of the Mukasey couple is well known, thanks to their son, Anatoly, an outstanding Russian photographer, who once said frankly in an interview: “My parents are actually agents who have been lurking outside for many years.”
  In 2004, Mukasey The Kasheys published a memoir called “Zefiel and Elsa: Potential Spies”, and Mukasey said meaningfully: “Finally, we can show the world a very small part of what we have done for Russia. ’” Of course, the biggest secret we’ll never know.
   In August 2008, Mukasey passed away on the sixth day after his 101st birthday. In September 2009, Elizabeth also returned home at the age of 97.

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