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
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.