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Rudolf Abel - Grave Stone Changed to William Fisher

Very few people knew that Rudolf Abel, the Soviet spy exchanged for Francis Gary Powers, was actually William (Willy) Fisher—even at the time of his death in 1971.

Yelena, his wife, heavily lobbied for a year to change the name on Abel / Fisher's tombstone.

As this picture shows, the stone now reads as Yelena wished—with her husband's real name prominently displayed (and "Abel" appearing underneath).

Yelena lived about three years longer than her husband. Her remains now rest beside his at the New Donskoy Cemetery in Moscow.


Media Credits

Image, by unnamed photographer, online via Russian-language website.

 

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