Richard Bodin and Vardø Etat - A Comintern Intelligence Service Gateway

Jesper Jørgensen

The Norwegian town of Vardø on the coast of the Arctic Ocean became in the early 1920s a crucial connecting point in the worldwide network of the Comintern Intelligence Service, later known as the International Liaison Department (OMS). Comrades on subversive missions, gold rubles for revolutionary activities, secret mail to the national communist parties, and communist propaganda for the masses was exchanged through the so called “Vardø Etat”. The paper will examine this Vardø gateway and it’s local leader Richard Bodin in context of new insights into the history of the global OMS system obtained after the “Archival Revolution”.

Karl Lorentz Kleve