Agent GRU - Stig Bergling
The famous agent of the GRU in the seventies was a Swede Stig Bergling. He was born in 1937. By nature, he was an adventurer and reckless adventurer. First, he served as chief of the criminal police, then from 1968 to 1979 as a UN officer in the Middle East, and then, despite objections from colleagues, he was hired by the Swedish security police, the SEPO. In this position, he served as liaison officer with the defense headquarters.
In 1976, when Bergling was still in the Middle East, he was recruited by officers of the Soviet military intelligence. They conducted the recruitment on the basis of his certain traits of character, bordering on recklessness - vanity, a constantly tested thirst for adventure and love for a chic life.
As they say, you can cure a person from recklessness, but you can’t fix a wry mind. It is he who pushes a person to where nonsense is a pattern, and there the mind is insane.
Since Stig felt that he will have a lot of money and he can enjoy life, he began to willingly share information with his Soviet comrades.
And he had something to tell, since both in the SEPO and the Defense Headquarters Bergling had access to top-secret, of particular importance documents. Bergling used the entire security carelessness at the Defense Headquarters - the staff left secret documents right on the tables or trash cans, which was in the hands of the Stig.
For example, in 1977, he reported that the Soviet military attache G. Fedosov was going to ask for political asylum in the West. The Swedes, according to Persona, carefully prepared for the reception of Fedosov, expecting that this would be "the biggest booty" in the history of Sweden.
As a result, Fedosov was recalled to Moscow, but, oddly enough, he did not carry the punishment. Probably, the leadership of the GRU considered that Bergling was somewhat exaggerating, wishing to protect himself personally from possible failure.
But fate dealt with Bergling just as he did with Fedosov. The Swedish agent of the GRU was issued by an officer of the PGU KGB, O. Gordievsky, who became a traitor and fled to England. In 1977, the traitor became aware that the GRU was able to recruit an agent for the SEPO, which he immediately informed his masters of the SIS.
The British immediately informed the State Police Department of Sweden about this, and his boss, K. Person, immediately flew to London to personally interrogate the Soviet informant. Gordievsky told Person about everything he knew about this recruitment.
Information Bergling received from the font on the back of the stamps.
As a result, the Swedish counterintelligence entered Bergling and took it into active operational development. And in March 1979, when all the necessary evidence of his involvement in the Soviet intelligence agency was collected, Bergling was arrested.
In December 1979, a court was held that convicted him of working for the USSR and, under an article on espionage, sentenced him to life imprisonment.
As a state criminal, he was initially kept in strict isolation from other prisoners. For exemplary behavior and strict performance of duties of a prisoner over time, his regime of stay in prison was weakened.
He was even allowed to marry with the Swedish citizen Elizabeth Sandberg and take her last name and a new name - Eugene. Twice - in 1985 and 1987 - Bergling filed petitions for clemency, but each time they were rejected under pressure from the SEPO. In all likelihood, it was then that his daring escape plan matured.
Bergling during a vacation in Italy with fellow workers, 1979 Pay attention to the radio.
He considered this idea feasible and philosophically reinforced himself by thinking that an idea is the only stream of thoughts that drives man and the world. Why not take advantage of this stream ?!
On the night of October 6, 1987, during a meeting with Elizabeth in her country house in the town of Rinkeby near Stockholm, Bergling deceived the guards and fled with his wife.
One of the shortwave radio receivers with which it was conducted
recording informal conversations. The radio code was later found in the kitchen.
In two cars, they arrived at the port of Grisslehann, and from there they went by ferry to Finland, to Turku, where they came into contact with the employees of the GRU who worked under the roof of the Soviet consulate general. The fugitives were immediately transported to the USSR Embassy in Helsinki.
They were there until October 10, while preparations were under way for their illegal transfer to Moscow. Across the Soviet-Finnish border, they were transported to the Vyborg district, and Bergling himself was driving in the trunk of a car. And a mystic appeared again - the English of Gordievsky were also taken out of the USSR in the trunk of a car.
Meanwhile, in Sweden, counterintelligence and police stood, as they say, “on the ears.” The search was announced in all countries of Scandinavia. A rented Elizabeth car was soon discovered in the vicinity of the Finnish capital.
In Moscow, Bergling was trained to perform new tasks for military intelligence. As a workout, he traveled to Hungary. Visited its capital Budapest, from where he returned in 1989.
In 1990, he and his wife, with passports in the name of British subjects Ronald Charles Abay and Sylvia Tin Abay, were transferred to Lebanon, where they carried out the GRU mission.
However, unexpectedly for all, in August 1994, Bergling voluntarily returned to Sweden and was again placed in the Hull prison cell to serve a life sentence. The reasons that pushed him to this step are still unknown.
His wife Elizabeth also returned with him. In relation to her immediately after the escape, they began a preliminary investigation for facilitating the escape. For this, she was threatened with a sentence of two years in prison. But the statute of limitations for such a crime in Sweden is 5 years, and therefore the case against Elizabeth Sandberg was stopped on October 1, 1992.However, at that time she was already seriously ill, and in 1994 she died of cancer.
Once in prison, Bergling again began to petition for pardon, motivating them, in particular, that the state in whose favor he spied was no longer on the maps of the world. In addition, he began to develop Parkinson's disease.
In the summer of 1996, his neighbor in a hospital cell, a young twenty-two-year-old prisoner, struck him twice in the head with the sharp end of a fork. In this regard, in July 1996, the Government of Sweden decided to replace Bergling with a life sentence of 23 years in prison.
In December 1996, the Council for the Release of Criminal Prisoners decided on the early release of Bergling, which took place on July 17, 1997.
In the summer of 2006, Bergling joined the Left Party of Sweden.
Since the late 90s, Bergling has suffered from a severe form of Parkinson's disease. He died on January 24, 2015 in Stockholm.