Basil Zaharoff  

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Basil Zaharoff, GCB, GBE (October 6 1849, Muğla, Ottoman EmpireNovember 27 1936, Monte Carlo, Monaco), born Basileios Zacharias, was a Turkish-born French arms trader and financier of Greek heritage, the director and chairman of the Vickers munitions firm during World War I.

Cultural references

  • In the Tintin album The Broken Ear, Zaharoff is parodied as the weapon trader Basil Bazarov, who sells to both parties of a single conflict that he helps provoke.
  • Zaharoff's adventures in the arms trade (particularly the machine gun sales) resemble those of the main character, Hector Sarek, in Gerald Kersh's short story, "Comrade Death". Sarek also sells arms to two (fictitious) South American countries while inciting their leaders against each other.
  • In his novel, A Coffin for Dimitrios, Eric Ambler patterned Dimitrios on Sir Basil Zaharoff .
  • In Ezra Pound's "Canto XVIII" and "Canto XXXVIII," Zaharoff makes numerous appearances under the name "Metevsky."




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