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Dmitri Polyakov

Soviet General and Cold War Spy Dmitri Polyakov

Profession: Soviet General and Cold War Spy


Biography: A Soviet Major General and a prominent Cold War spy, Polyakov revealed Soviet secrets to the CIA under such code names as BOURBON, ROAM and TOPHAT. For 25 years he conveyed information to the West during the Cold War and was called "the jewel in the crown" of spies by CIA Director James Woolsey.

He was eventually sold out by Soviet spies Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen and executed.

Born: July 6, 1921
Birthplace: , Ukraine

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: March 15, 1988 (aged 66)
Cause of Death: Executed

Historical Events

  • 1986-07-07 Soviet General and spy for the US Dmitri Polyakov arrested in retirement in Russia (executed 1988)