Landed Leonid Zariņš - the check turns out to be useless for recruitment

Leonīds Zariņš čekā

Leonid Zariņš was recruited as a CIA agent in the USA and in 1953 he crossed the border of the USSR on a plane from Germany and landed with a parachute near Auce. Unfortunately, one of the contacts he was supposed to be in touch with had turned out to be a double agent, and Leonidas was soon arrested. He refused to cooperate with the Chekists and was shot without trial in 1954.


Leonid Zarins

Storyteller: Zigmārs Turčinskis; Wrote down this story: Jana Kalve
Used sources and references:

JG271 Rolf Ekman. Radio Free Europe / Radio Freedom - VI (


Newspaper "Latvietis": Memories of the Baltic University