Remembering Russian Spy Rudolf Ivanovich Abel (July 11, 1903 – November 15, 1971) [2019]

James Donovan: You have been charged with three counts and nineteen overt acts. Conspiracy to transmit United States defence and atomic secrets to the Soviet Union, conspiracy to gather secrets, and failing to register as a foreign agent.

Rudolf Abel: Do many foreign agents register?

Bridge of Spies  (2015) 

(Original Caption) Photo shows Rudolf Abel, accused spy arriving to have a conference with his court appointed attorney James B. Donovan, on the right of Abel is Federal Marshall William E. Smith.

Rudolf Ivanovich Abel, real name Vilyam “Willie” Genrikhovich Fisher, (July 11, 1903 – November 15, 1971) was a Soviet intelligence officer. He adopted his alias when arrested on charges of conspiracy by FBI agents in 1957. He  was exchanged for captured American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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Fisher was born in the United Kingdom to Russian émigré parents. He moved to Russia in the 1920s, and served in the Soviet military before undertaking foreign service as a radio operator in Soviet intelligence in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

He later served in an instructional role before taking part in intelligence operations against the Germans during World War II.

After the war, he began working for the KGB, which sent him to the United States where he worked as part of a spy ring based in New York City.

In 1957, the U.S. Federal Court in New York convicted Fisher on three counts of conspiracy as a Soviet spy for his involvement in what became known as the Hollow Nickel Case and sentenced him to 30 years imprisonment at Atlanta Federal Penitentiary, Georgia.

He served just over four years of his sentence before he was exchanged for captured American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers. Back in the Soviet Union, he lectured on his experiences.

He died on November 15 1971 at the age of 68.

In Popular Culture

In Steven Spielberg’s 2015 film Bridge of Spies, Fisher/Abel is portrayed by Mark Rylance.

For his performance, Rylance won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

Soviet KGB Spy Colonel Rudolph Abel Captured in 1957, Real Footage (Silent Film)



Rudolf Abel — Wikipedia


Remembering Russian Spy Rudolf Ivanovich Abel (July 11, 1903 – November 15, 1971)

Remembering Russian Spy Rudolf Ivanovich Abel (July 11, 1903 – November 15, 1971) [2019]

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