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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Press Pays Tribute to Wolf

The Russian press paid lavish tribute to the late East German spymaster Markus Wolf on Friday, playing up his Russian background and recalling past espionage triumphs over the United States and its allies.

"The memory of this wonderful, steely person will forever stay in our hearts," the Defense Ministry newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda said.

Wolf, who masterminded some of the Cold War's biggest spying coups as the head of 4,000 spies for the Stasi secret police, died last Thursday in Berlin.

In contrast to German newspapers that zeroed in on Wolf's lack of remorse after the Cold War ended, the Russian press hailed the spymaster as a hero.

"'The Man Without a Face' never betrayed his people," ran a headline in Izvestia.

Wolf did not surrender a single agent and did not reveal those secret operations his service led," Izvestia said of the man who was known by the cover name of 'Misha' in Soviet intelligence circles.

Trud, referring to the secrets that the 83-year-old Wolf took to his grave, headlined its article: "The veil will never be lifted on the legend."

After the Cold War, U.S. intelligence services offered Wolf a new life with a green card to secure employment in exchange for the names of agents of the former Soviet KGB. Newspapers said he turned them down. "Wolf never gave up a single former colleague or agent," Moskovsky Komsomolets said.