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The Somerton Man Case. The body of a man found on an Australian beach close to a major Atomic Testing ground, he was probably poisoned, a copy of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam and an unbroken Code page found and associated to him. Set against a Cold War background in 1948, was this man a spy? We think so and this blog focuses on the evidence that was left behind and in some cases missed, the Code page, Dry Cleaning numbers, A Poem and a small, torn piece of paper bearing the words TAMAM SHUD.

Sunday, 29 October 2017



This new information is from the work of Clive, it has involved a great deal of research and effort for which he is congratulated and thanked.

We have already published accounts of how the same name turns up at the IAEA meetings through until the early 1960s as an advisor on Nuclear Energy matters. However, no photographs have been found to prove that it is the same man.

A note for followers, we have Fedosimov's date of birth as being 1904.


In this latest information set we have found that another similar name exists, FEDOSOV who was also a Russian Diplomat at the relative times.

Searches have found that there was no record of Vera, Pavel's wife, until after 1948.

1949, P. Fdosimov is documented as a second secretary for the USSR at the UN in September 1949, no records other than that and no photographs found. Unusual that a man with Fedosimov's known involvement with espionage against the US would have been allowed back into the coop. Whether that was because of the protective attitude of the US towards the top-secret nature of Venona is, of course, a possible contributing factor.

We do have a photograph of the Russian Representative to the UN in September 1949, Andrey Vyshinsky, this was a man of great influence within the Communist Party at the time and led Stalin's Purges:

Read more on Vishinsky here. And here's a link to the UN photo archives... You can register for access to the archives and get High-Resolution images, they also have a film archive but the procedures are a little more complex.

1956, P. Fedosimov is recorded as being a 1st Secretary at the USSR Embassy in Tripoli. Tenure appears to be March to August 1956. No photographs nor other records found.

1957, P.Fedosimov is recorded as the 1st Secretary at the USSR Embassy in Mexico, with the commencement date of April 1957. On this occasion, the man is accompanied by Vera, his wife. Once again no photographs nor other records found.

Without photographic evidence we cannot, therefore, confirm that this is the same man, he is for the most part 'invisible' and that is possibly deliberately so.

The information above came from the CIA archives and is readily available, google:
"Checklist of Soviet Officials Abroad"

We have more to publish on Fedosimov in the coming week.

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