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Boris Devyatkin

Boris Devyatkin, or Dick Murzin was born in 1888 in Russia and emigrated to the United States in 1923, and became a naturalized citizen in 1929. Devyatkin adopted the name Dick Murzin, and assisted Moishe Stern, an illegal Soviet Military Intelligence (GRU) Officer in the United States in the late 1920s and early 1930s.


  • Herbert Romerstein and Stanislav Levchenko, The KGB Against the ‘‘Main Enemy”: How the Soviet Intelligence Service Operates Against the United States (Lexington Books, 1989), 16.
  • Inserted statement of Nicholas Dozenberg, hearings 8 November 1949, U.S. Congress, House of Representatives, Committee on Un-American Activities, 81st Cong., 1st and 2d sess.;
  • John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr, Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America, Yale University Press (1999).