Now available, this incredible collection of five Soviet postage stamps, featuring famous Soviet spies. With a face value of five kopeks, this collection was issued in 1990, just months before the inevitable collapse of the Soviet Union. All five stamps are fully wrapped and shipped on a display card.
The five Soviet spies honored with their own stamps were:
- Rudolf Abel was caught by the FBI in New York City while part of a KGB spy network. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison but was exchanged for captured US pilot Francis Gary Powers at the Glienicke Bridge in Potsdam, Germany, in a moment that forever endowed the bridge with the sobriquet "The Bridge of Spies".
- Kim Philby is the United Kingdom's most infamous traitor. He was the most successful of the Cambridge Five spy ring, and served in Britain's MI-5 organization. During a liaison posting to Washington DC he became close friends with James Jesus Angleton, the CIA's ultra-paranoid head of counterintelligence. Philby defected to the Soviet Union in 1963, where he remained until his death 25 years later.
- Stanislav Vaupshasov was a partisan leader and guerilla warfare expert who spent more than 40 years in the Soviet Army and various intelligence organizations. He fought in Lithuania, Byelorussia, and in Spain during the Spanish Civil War, among other places. A brutal and violent man, he cracked down hard on anyone who resisted Soviet rule or influence all over Europe.
- Konon Molody, also known by his alias Gordon Lonsdale, was the head of the infamous Portland spy ring, which operated in Great Britain throughout the 1950s. He was arrested in 1961 and sentenced to 25 years in prison, but in 1964 was exchanged for British spy Greville Wynne, who himself had been captured in Moscow by the KGB.
- Ivan Kudrya, who led an underground resistance group which fought the Nazis in Kiev, Ukraine during World War II. He was caught and executed in 1942. A street in downtown Kiev was named in his honor afterwards.
All stamp sets are shipped in a protective cardboard display card, and include a free Soviet ruble from the KGB Museum in New York City and two free miscellaneous Cold War stamps, while supplies last.