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Francis Gary Powers freed
by The Ovi Team
2019-02-10 09:42:05
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February 10th 1962; American spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers freed from prison in the Soviet Union in exchange for a Russian spy jailed in the US. Gary Powers were sentenced to 10 years in a Soviet prison after his U-2 plane was shot down over Russia in May 1960. But the former US Air Force captain, 32, walked into West Berlin across a bridge separating the city's east and western sectors.

At the same time Russian spy Colonel Rudolph Abel crossed in the opposite direction. Colonel Abel had served five years of a 30-year term for running a spy ring in the US. His sentence was commuted by US Attorney-General Robert Kennedy two weeks before. However, the Russians have always denied any knowledge of Colonel Abel and even now maintain Mr Khrushchev freed the US pilot simply as a "goodwill gesture". Another American, student Frederic Pryor, was also freed from the eastern bloc at the same time as Gary Powers. Mr Pryor had been held in East Germany without charge since last August.




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