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Abel, Rudolf Ivanovich (("Willie") Vilyam Genrikhovich (August) Fisher)

Born: 1903 AD
Died: 1971 AD, at 68 years of age.

Nationality: Russian
Categories: Intelligence Officer


1903 - Born on the 11th of July in England at 142 Clara Street, Benwell in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

1921 - He worked as a translator for Comintern after the family's return to the Soviet Union.

1925 - He was trained as a radio operator during his military service.

1927 - He worked briefly in Soviet Military Intelligence and was then recruited by the Gosudarstvennoye

             Politicheskoye Upravlenie (GPU).

1936 - He returned to Russia as head of a school which trained radio operators destined for duty in

               illegal residences.

1938 - He escaped prosecution but was dismissed from the Main Directorate for State Security.

1946 - He again entered secret service and was trained as a spy for entry into the United States.

1947 - He traveled to Canada under a false identity, then entered the United States on the 17th of November.

1957 - He was captured by the Federal Bureau of Investigation  in New York on the 21st of June.

        - He was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment for espionage.

1962 - On February 10, he was exchanged for U2 pilot Gary Powers and American student Frederic Pryor at

              the Glienicke Bridge in Potsdam, Germany.

1971 - He died of lung cancer on the 15th of November and was buried next to his father in the Donskoy

             monastery in Moscow.


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