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Sir Paul Dukes

Paul Dukes
The Man with a Hundred Faces
Allegiance White Movement
Service SIS/MI6.
Operation(s) Operation Kronstadt
Award(s) KBE
Codename(s) ST-25

Birth name Paul Henry Dukes
Born 10 February 1889
Bridgwater, Somerset, England, UK
Died 27 August 1967
Cape Town, South Africa
Nationality  England
Parents Rev. Edwin J. Dukes, Edith M. Dukes (née Pope)
Alma mater Caterham School

Sir Paul Henry Dukes KBE (10 February 1889 – 27 August 1967) was a British author and MI6 officer.

Early life

Paul Henry Dukes was born on 10 February 1889 in Bridgwater, Somerset, England, the son of the Congregationalist clergyman, Rev. Edwin J. Dukes, and his wife, the former Edith M. Pope. His brothers were the playwright Ashley Dukes and the physician Cuthbert Dukes. He was educated at Caterham School, and Petrograd Conservatoire, Russia.


As a young man he took a position as a language teacher in Riga, Latvia. He later moved to St. Petersburg, where he was a secret agent in Imperial Russia. During this time he worked at the Petrograd Conservatoire as a concert pianist and deputy conductor to Albert Coates. He set up elaborate plans to help prominent White Russians escape from Soviet prisons and smuggled hundreds of them into Finland.

Known as the "Man of a Hundred Faces," Dukes continued his use of disguises, which aided him in assuming a number of identities and gained him access to numerous Bolshevik organizations. He successfully infiltrated the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, the Comintern, and the political police, or CHEKA. Dukes also learned of the inner workings of the Politburo, and passed the information to British intelligence.

He returned to Britain a distinguished hero, and in 1920 was knighted by King George V, who called Dukes the "greatest of all soldiers." To this day, Dukes is the only person knighted based entirely on his exploits in espionage. He briefly returned to service in 1939, helping to locate a prominent Czech businessman who disappeared after the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia. He was also a leading figure in introducing yoga to the Western World.


His book Red Dusk and the Morrow chronicles the rise and fall of Bolshevism and he toured the world extensively giving lectures pertaining to this subject.

Personal life

Dukes was married first to Margaret Stuyvesant Rutherford, former wife of Ogden Livingston Mills.[1] Dukes later married Diana Fitzgerald.


He died on 27 August 1967 in Cape Town, South Africa, aged 78.


  • (1921). "What Russia Thinks of the Bolsheviki," The World's Work, Vol. XLII, pp. 100-104.
  • (1921). "Sovietism's Effect on Russia's Young," The New York Times, July 17, p. 27.
  • (1921). "The Secret Door," The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. CXXVIII, pp. 1-13.
  • (1922). . London: Williams and Norgate.
  • (1938). The Story of "ST 25": Adventure and Romance in the Secret Intelligence Service in Red Russia. London: Cassell and Co.
  • (1940). An Epic of the Gestapo: The Story of a Strange Search. London: Cassell and Co.
  • (1947). Come Hammer, Come Sickle! London: Cassell and Co.
  • (1950). The Unending Quest: Autobiographical Sketches. London: Cassell and Co.
  • (1958). Yoga for the Western World. Students of Western Yoga.
  • (1960). The Yoga of Health, Youth and Joy: A Treatise on Hatha Yoga Adapted to the West. London: Cassell and Co.


  • Operation Kronstadt by Harry Ferguson, Hutchinson, 2008
  • Russian Roulette: How British Spies Thwarted Lenin's Global Plot by Giles Milton, Sceptre, 2013. ISBN 978 1 444 73702 8

Further reading

  • Andrew, Christopher (1986). Her Majesty's Secret Service. The Making of the British Intelligence Community. New York: Viking.
  • Smith, Michael (2010). Six: A History of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service. Murder and Mayhem 1909–1939, London: Dialogue, ISBN 978-1-906447-00-7

External links

  • Internet Archive
  • Works by Paul Dukes, at
  • A British Spy Among the Bolsheviki
  • Portraits of Sir Paul Dukes

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