Zelman Passov

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Zelman Isaevich Passov Зельман Исаевич Пассов (1905 in Staraya Russa, Russia – 15 February 1940) headed the Soviet foreign intelligence service, then part of the NKVD from June to November 1938, when he was arrested. He was executed a year and a half later.

Passov originally joined the secret police, the GPU, in 1922.