2nd Reissue of WRITER and Kh. Z. SLONI

14 Aug 1940

USSRRef. No.: 3/NBF/T1437 (of 22/5/1962)
Issued: 23/6/1966
Copy No.: 201

2. Kh. Z. SLONI[n]


No: 88014 Aug. 40


1. WRITER [PISATEL] [i] has arrived [C% from] GLASGOW where he has been working in a ship [a] which of late has stayed where it is [b]. I consider it [B% essential] that he should [B% take up] work in a nearer port so that we can liaise with him.... His [c] [5 groups unrecovered] him on Saturday.

2. A certain Kh.Z. SLONI [B%] who has a doctorate and is a chemist [d], has applied at the METRO [ii] for permission to enter the USSR. The doctor is 46 year old and has relatives in GRODNO at BONIFATERSKAYA Street. He is apparently known to Academician FRUMKIN [iii]. He studied chemistry in GERMANY and from 1926 to 193- [e] he was a scientific worker in [5 groups unrecovered] enterprise in CZECHOSLOVAKIA. He is now working as a consultant to an English chemical company to which he said his process [SPOSOB] for making chromium oxide. He has his own methods of producing iron oxide, SIN' [f], manganese dioxide [and] [g] a special substance for increasing the working life of dry batteries by 50 per cent. He has worked in PRAGUE at a military institute [C% on] [h] [5 groups unrecovered] his own methods of purifying the water used as raw material. The MASTER [KhOZYaIN] [iv] of the METRO considers that he would be useful [D% to us] but supposes that his clearance [OFORMLENIE] will take about 6 months. I have not met the doctor [1 group unrecovered.]

No. 223 [i]BARCh [v]

Notes: [a] Literally a "steamship".
 [b] Literally "has been without movement".
 [c] Or "him". There may be an inversion of subject and object i.e. the sentence may begin with 'him' as the object of a verb in the succeeding gap.
 [d] Literally "Doctor chemist". This presumably means that he is a Doctor of Chemistry, although the usual Russian expression is "Doctor of Chemical Sciences".
 [e] There is technical evidence to show that this year is in the late 1930's.
 [f] SIN': The literal translation is "blue". Probably the first half of a compound term, the second half of which has been omitted. Perhaps SIN'-KALI, i.e. potassium ferricyanide, was intended.
 [g] Inserted by translator.
 [h] Or "the Military Institute [C% for] ....".
 [i] MOSCOW-LONDON No. 417 of 20th August 1940 (3/NBF/T1735) is in answer to this message.
Comments: [i] WRITER: Unidentified covername: Also occurs in MOSCOW-LONDON No. 417 of 20th August 1940 (Reissue of 3/NBF/T1735 to be published shortly).
 [ii] METRO: The Soviet Embassy.
 [iii] FRUMKIN: Aleksandr Naumovich FRUMKIN, member of the Academy of Sciences. Professor of Electrochemistry of MOSCOW University.
 [iv] MASTER: The Soviet Ambassador Ivan MAISKY.
 [v] BARCh: Unidentified covername. LONDON addressee and signatory 3rd March 1940-22nd August 1940.

Source: United States National Security Agency
Added By: C. Peter Chen

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