A Famous Ukrainian Intelligence Officer Kostyantyn Bohomazov Passed Away at the Age of 98

May 24, 2017, at the age of 98, an outstanding Ukrainian intelligence officer Bohomazov Kostyantyn Panteleymonovych lost his long battle to a disease. Kostyantyn Bohomazov was born on the 14th of November, 1919, into a large peasant family in Dnipropetrovsk region. He graduated from an agricultural college, then from the Kharkiv Border Guard College.

To him the war with Nazi Germany began with his writing reports with requests to send him to the front. First, Kostyantyn Panteleymonovych was sent to Iran, where he led a group engaged in disclosing German spies and their agents, as well as local armed criminal groups penetrating into the Soviet Union.

After Iran, Kostyantyn Bohomazov was on the Soviet-German front. On the Orel-Kursk Arc he was already a Deputy Chief of the Special Department of the Division.

At the end of the Second World War, Kostyantyn Bohomazov was engaged in identification, arrest and interrogation of senior Nazi criminals. He made great efforts to eliminate the possibility of their creating clandestine groups and to bring them to justice. As the Chief of the Investigative Unit, he participated in the search and identification of Hitler’s remains, personally interrogated the doctor who witnessed the poisoning of Goebbels’ children, took part in interrogations of the Adviser to the Nazi Party’s Intelligence Walter Nicolai.

Since 1951, Kostyantyn Bohomazov began to work at the First Main Directorate (Foreign Intelligence) of the MGB of the USSR. After special training and internship in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he was sent to Poland as an Adviser at the Polish Investigation Department of the Poland’s Ministry of Public Security. While in Poland, Kostyantyn Bohomazov found the former Chief of the “Abwehrkommando-102”, who had operated in Kyiv under the name of “Orion” preparing agents for getting into the rear of the Soviet Army.

In the midst of the “cold war”, K. Bohomazov was engaged in carrying out operational gaming with foreign intelligence services. He was directly involved in the intelligence work, preparing and sending abroad undercover agents and then personally analyzing information from them and travelling abroad to meet important sources.

Having retired, Kostyantyn Bohomazov continued his career in the national economy – up to 72 years of age he was one of the leaders of the Department of Foreign Relations at the Ministry of Light Industry.

For performing important tasks during the war and in the postwar period, K. Bohomazov was awarded three Orders of the Red Star, the Order of the Great Patriotic War of 2nd class, the Order of Bohdan Khmelnytsky of 3d class, the Polish Orders: the “Golden Cross of Merit” and the “Cross of the Brave” and many medals and institutional awards.

To the last day of his life Bohomazov Kostyantyn Panteleymonovych stayed in touch with the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine, trying to be useful to the matter, to which he had devoted his life.

The leadership and personnel of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine express condolences to the family and friends of the legendary intelligence officer. Kostyantyn Panteleymonovych will forever remain in the history of the Ukrainian Intelligence and will be remembered by the SZRU’s staff.