Cold War Russian Spy Col. Rudolf Abel

About the Cold War era Russian spy Col. Rudolf Abel, his biography and history of spying in the United States.

Col. Rudolf Abel. Russian. Worked for: Russia during Cold War.

Abel came to New York City in 1948, posed as a painter-photographer, and directed the Soviet spy network in the U.S. for 10 years. Although the full extent of his probings remains unknown, Abel certainly unearthed valuable information on American nuclear weapons and rocketry. A "split" nickel found by a Brooklyn newspaper boy helped the FBI capture Abel--the nickel contained a tiny piece of film with a coded message. Abel was sentenced to 30 years in prison but was exchanged in 1962 for American spy Francis Gary Powers. Abel's spy career spanned almost 30 years.

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