Over time, Vardan learned that Russian intelligence in Turkey did a great job and got reliable sources of information from literally all sectors of society. Somehow, an interesting document fell into his hands. It contained a list of the embassy’s operating expenses for the past ten years. Most often, such payments were mentioned there: for secret information — to an official in the Port (that is, in the government), to a person in relations with officials of the administration, to a person in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, known only to the ambassador, to a person in the Palace, to a person in the Great Vezirat (that is, in the Prime Minister’s office). Well, there were a lot of lower-ranking officials. Mention was made, for example, of a telegraph clerk who provided telegrams, and not only secret ones. In a special note, it was stated

At the same time, the main emphasis was placed on agents from middle-level employees. Persons in this category sometimes possessed no less valuable information than high-ranking officials of the state apparatus, and it was much easier to establish and maintain secret relations with them. As a result, over the years, the embassy has always had important political information on a wide range of issues.

But that was later. And during the first conversation with the ambassador, Vardan asked how reliable the information received from the agents was.