Evno Fishelevich Azef
In my insomnia last night, I pulled down Whittaker Chamber's Witness. I often return to Chambers for inspiration, particularly before traveling to go make trouble for the collectivists somewhere. Chambers reminds me that many have risked far more in this struggle with evil, and his writing is also suffused with his faith in God that sustained him. Witness speaks to me in a way that no other book written by man does.
I have a dog-eared hardback of the 1952 Random House first printing that used to belong to the East Ensley branch if the Birmingham Public Library. I probably paid a quarter or fifty cents for it years and years ago after I came to Birmingham. There is a note on Page 60, an asterisk to this quote which begins on page 59:
The Communist Party, despite occasional pious statements to the contrary, is a terrorist organization. Its disclaimers are for the record. But its record of kidnappings, assassinations, and murders makes the actions of the old Terror Brigade of the Socialist Revolutionary Party look mere romantic.*
The note below it reads in part:
The Terror Brigade, the underground section of the Socialist Revolutionary party, made no secret of its purpose and methods. It organized and carried out the assassinations of the Russian Prime Minister von Plehve, the Grand Duke Sergei, and others. The Brigade was headed at one time by Yevno Asiev, the classic type of the double agent. As head of the Terror Brigade, Asiev planned and executed political murders. As a lifelong police agent, he constantly betrayed the terrorists to the police.
Hmmm, I thought, now doesn't that sound familiar in the present context? Chambers got the spelling of Azev's name wrong, but he was correct.
See the Wikipedia citation for Yevno Azef.
Yevno Azef (Russian: Евгений Филиппович (Евно Фишелевич) Азеф, 1869–1918, also transliterated as Evno Azef), was a socialist revolutionary who was also a double agent working both as an organizer of assassinations for the Socialist-Revolutionary Party (also known as SRs or Esers) and a police spy for the Okhrana, the Imperial secret police. He was an agent provocateur, carrying out acts of terrorism, which justified the police's arresting his accomplices.
Go ahead and read the entire citation. It is a little trip down memory lane that the neo-collectivists (or those inclined to make excuses for them) might find instructive.