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Rudolf Abel

1903 - 1971

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Rudolf Ivanovich Abel (Russian: Рудольф Иванович Абель), real name William August Fisher (11 July 1903 – 15 November 1971), was a Soviet intelligence officer. He adopted his alias when arrested on charges of conspiracy by the FBI in 1957. Fisher was born and grew up in Newcastle upon Tyne in the North of England in the United Kingdom to Russian émigré parents. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Rudolf Abel has received more than 4,303,472 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Rudolf Abel is the 156th most popular military personnel (up from 190th in 2019), the 331st most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 396th in 2019) and the 7th most popular British Military Personnel.

Rudolf Abel was a Soviet spy who was arrested in 1957 and sentenced to 30 years in prison.

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Among military personnels, Rudolf Abel ranks 156 out of 1,468Before him are Helmuth Weidling, Mardonius, Semyon Budyonny, Charles V, Duke of Lorraine, Alfred von Schlieffen, and José de San Martín. After him are Gertrude Bell, Andrey Vlasov, Minamoto no Yoshitsune, Abraha, Pyotr Bagration, and Louis-Alexandre Berthier.

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Among people born in 1903, Rudolf Abel ranks 17Before him are Mark Rothko, Kane Tanaka, Habib Bourguiba, Fernandel, Galeazzo Ciano, and Marguerite Yourcenar. After him are Andrey Kolmogorov, Yasujirō Ozu, Anaïs Nin, Adolf Butenandt, C. F. Powell, and José Antonio Primo de Rivera. Among people deceased in 1971, Rudolf Abel ranks 12Before him are György Lukács, Hermann Hoth, Audie Murphy, Lawrence Bragg, Fernandel, and Theodor Svedberg. After him are Paul Karrer, Lin Biao, Mátyás Rákosi, Wilhelm List, Gotthard Heinrici, and Arne Tiselius.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Rudolf Abel ranks 331 out of 7,765Before him are George Eliot (1819), G. K. Chesterton (1874), William Crookes (1832), Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828), Llywelyn ap Gruffudd (1220), and Ian McShane (1942). After him are Gertrude Bell (1868), Anne, Princess Royal (1950), Bartholomew Roberts (1682), Rod Stewart (1945), Henry Moseley (1887), and William Hogarth (1697).