It sounds like something out of a movie. But Russian spies have operated in the United States ever since the Soviet era. Under Vladimir Putin and previous leaders, Russia has sent many secret agents to the United States. And that continues even under our current president, Donald Trump.
Read on to get all the details on the most notorious Russian spies. And don’t miss the story on one of the spies whom Donald Trump let in, on page 15.
1. Julius and Ethel Rosenberg
- Worked for: The NKVD
- Arrested in: 1950
History reports that in 1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage. And in 1953, they both went to the electric chair. The husband-and-wife duo faced accusations of “heading a spy ring that passed top-secret information concerning the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union,” as History explains. They had a short trial, which helped fuel the Red Scare, according to Time. Then, they were convicted.
Dwight D. Eisenhower shared his opinion on the couple:
I can only say that, by immeasurably increasing the chances of atomic war, the Rosenbergs may have condemned to death tens of millions of innocent people all over the world. The execution of two human beings is a grave matter. But even graver is the thought of the millions of dead whose deaths may be directly attributable to what these spies have done.
Next: This spy eventually gave up her entire network.