Cold War
KGB Atomic Spy Rudolf Abel And The Hollow Coin

Rudolf Abel was an intelligence officer with the KGB who was arrested on charges of conspiracy by the FBI in 1957. Abel was sent to the United States after World War II as part of a spy ring operating out of New York City. Although Abel was sentenced to 45 years in prison for his conviction on three counts of conspiracy as a Soviet spy, he only served four years of his sentence. On February 10, 1962, Abel was exchanged for American U-2 pilot Gary Powers, who had been captured by the Soviets. This video explains how Abel was caught, and shows clips from interviews with Abel’s New York neighbors as well as his defense attorney.

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Submitted by: Ilana Faber
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