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February 10, 1962 Captured American spy pilot Francis Gary Powers is exchanged for captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel in Berlin. Vilyam "Willie" Genrikhovich Fisher (July 11, 1903 – November 15, 1971) was a Soviet intelligence officer. He is generally better known by the alias Rudolf Ivanovich Abel, which he adopted when arrested on charges of conspiracy by FBI agents in 1957.

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February 10, 1962 Captured American spy pilot Francis Gary Powers is exchanged for captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel in Berlin Francis Gary Powers (August 17, 1929 – August 1, 1977) was an American pilot whose Central Intelligence Agency U-2 spy plane was shot down while flying a reconnaissance mission over Soviet Union airspace, causing the 1960 U-2 incident.

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Soviet spy Rudolf Abel and actor Mark Rylance who portrays Abel in the Bridge of Spies movie. See more pics at http://www.historyvshollywood.com/reelfaces/bridge-of-spies/

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Reino Häyhänen (1920–1961) was Rudolf Abel's assistant. After working as a spy in America for 10 years, Abel had become unhappy with Häyhänen over his drinking, arguing with his wife, and hiring of prostitutes. Moscow asked Häyhänen to return, but fearing that he would be punished or executed, Häyhänen fled to the U.S. Embassy in Paris where he revealed his identity as a KGB agent and alerted U.S. officials to the whereabouts of Abel, which eventually led to Abel's capture by the FBI

Glienicke Bridge prisoner exchange depicted in the Bridge of Spies movie, where Soviet spy Rudolf Abel was exchanged for American pilot Francis Gary Powers. See more pics at http://www.historyvshollywood.com/reelfaces/bridge-of-spies/

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from BBC News

Rudolf Abel: The Soviet spy who grew up in England

Rudolf Abel: The Soviet spy who grew up in England - BBC News

from BBC News

Rudolf Abel: The Soviet spy who grew up in England

Rudolf Abel, pictured in 1957

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Strangers on a Bridge, by James B. Donovan; recounts the historic spy exchange of Soviet spy Rudolf Abel with American U2 pilot Francis Gary Powers on a Berlin Bridge 50 years ago. Jim Donovan represented Rudolf Abel all the way to the Supreme Court, and recommended the release and subsequent exchange of Abel for Powers. Very 007.

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James B. Donovan (American lawyer), negotiated 1962 swap exchange for American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers for Soviet spy Rudolf Abel; then negotiated the release of 1,113 American prisoners held by Cuba after the failed 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion.

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