Weird History Soviet Spies Working in the United States  

William Neckard
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List of Soviet spies and secret agents operating within the United States. The following individuals worked as espionage agents at various times during the 20th Century in America, on behalf of a number of foreign governments and agencies. Some were directly in the employ of the Soviet Union (USSR), while others worked for other Warsaw Pact member nations, and even simply nations affiliated with the Soviet or international Communist cause.

Obviously, there were likely Soviet or Communist spies in America who were never discovered, so no list can be absolutely definitive. This list focuses on people who eventually revealed or were revealed to have direct ties to espionage, either via their own testimony or other evidence.

The list includes individuals from every facet of American life, from Hollywood producers to intellectuals to scientists to even government employees. They also were working behind-the-scenes on a number of known and unknown Soviet or Communist operations. Some were in the business of stealing US secrets, others spreading disinformation and yet others on disrupting financial or military projects. When possible, the foreign governments or organizations the spies were working for have been included in the list.

A. A. Yatskov Working for: Soviet Union - The "Berg" & "Art" Group

A. I. Akhmerov Working for: Soviet Union - KGB Illegals

Dec. at 58 (1892-1950) Working for: Soviet Union - Sorge ring Agnes Smedley was an American journalist and writer. Well known for her semi-autobiographical novel Daughter of Earth as well as for her sympathetic chronicling of the Communist forces in the ...more

Al Sarant Working for: Soviet Union - Rosenberg ring

Alan Nunn May Dec. at 92 (1911-2003) Working for: Soviet Union - Buben group Alan Nunn May was a British physicist, and a confessed and convicted Soviet spy, who supplied secrets of British and United States atomic research to the Soviet Union during World War II.

age 77 Working for: Soviet Union - NKVD and KGB Aldrich Hazen Ames is an American who was convicted of espionage against his country in 1994. He is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole in the high-security Allenwood U.S. ...more

Alexander Koral Working for: Soviet Union - The "Berg" & "Art" Group Alexander Koral was an American member of the Communist Party of the United States who headed a network of spies for Soviet intelligence during World War II called the "Art" or ...more

Alexander Ulanovsky Dec. at 79 (1891-1970) Working for: Soviet Union - GRU Illegals Alexander Petrovich Ulanovsky was the chief illegal "rezident" for Soviet Military Intelligence, who was rezident the United States from 1931 until 1934 and later, with his family, ...more

Alfred Tilton Working for: Soviet Union - GRU Illegals Alfred Tilton was a Latvian who was head of Soviet Military Intelligence in the United States in the late 1920s. He is best remembered for having recruited Latvian-American communist Nicholas ...more

Dec. at 92 (1904-1996) Working for: Soviet Union - Karl group, Ware group and Perlo group Alger Hiss was an American lawyer, government official, author, and lecturer. He was involved in the establishment of the United Nations both as a U.S. State Department and U.N. official. Hiss ...more

Allan Rosenberg Working for: Soviet Union - Sound and Myrna groups, Perlo group

Dec. at 76 (1924-2000) Working for: Soviet Union - Silvermaster group Anatole Boris Volkov was an American physicist, allegedly serving as a courier for the Silvermaster spy ring between Washington, D.C. and New York City. Volkov taught both abroad and in America, ...more

Anatoly Gorsky Dec. at 73 (1907-1980) Working for: Soviet Union - Sound and Myrna groups Anatoly Veniaminovich Gorsky, was a Soviet spy who, under cover as First Secretary "Anatoly Borisovich Gromov" of the Soviet Embassy in Washington, was secretly rezident in the United ...more

Dec. at 91 (1919-2010) Working for: Soviet Union - Rosenberg ring Andrew Roth was a biographer and journalist known for his compilation of Parliamentary Profiles, a directory of biographies of British Members of Parliament, a small sample of which is available ...more

Arthur Gerald Steinberg Working for: Soviet Union - Sound and Myrna groups

Arvid Jacobson Working for: Soviet Union - GRU Arvid Jacobson was a Finnish-American Communist who spied for the Soviet Union in the 1930s.

Dec. at 97 (1915-2012) Working for: Soviet Union - Sound and Myrna groups, Silvermaster group Bela Gold, also Bill Gold, was a Hungarian-born American businessman and professor.

Ben-Zion Goldberg Working for: Soviet Union - Buben group

age 100 Working for: Soviet Union - Sound and Myrna groups Bernard Sidney Redmont is an American journalist and Professor of Journalism and later Dean of the College of Communication at Boston University.

Bernard Schuster Working for: Soviet Union - Sound and Myrna groups

Bernice Levin Working for: Soviet Union - Sound and Myrna groups

Bill Weisband Dec. at 59 (1908-1967) Working for: Soviet Union - Ware group William Weisband, Sr. was an American cryptanalyst and NKVD agent, best known for his role in revealing U.S. decryptions of Soviet diplomatic and intelligence codes to Soviet intelligence.

Boris Devyatkin Working for: Soviet Union - GRU Illegals

Dec. at 72 (1891-1963) Working for: Soviet Union - Mocase Boris Morros was an American Communist Party member, Soviet agent, and FBI double agent. He also worked at Paramount Pictures, where he produced films as well as supervising their music ...more

Byron T. Darling Working for: Soviet Union - The "Berg" & "Art" Group