Richard Sorge

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Richard Sorge was born in Baku in Azerbaijan, then part of Czarist Russia. His father was German and his mother was Russian. Sorge became a German citizen.

During World War II Sorge was a journalist who became a Communist and later head of a Soviet spy ring in Japan. Germany was Japan's ally and Sorge went to Japan officially attached to the German Embassy. He was also an accredited correspondent of a leading German journal.

A number of Sorge's associates were arrested with him, among them Hozumi Ozaki and Kinkazu Saionji.

Sorge was awarded the highest honorary title of distinction in the USSR, Hero of the Soviet Union, posthumously.