Alexey Kozlov was born on October 10, 1935 in Moscow, Russia, and died on November 2, 2015.
Aleksey was a Soviet intelligence officer, Hero of the Russian Federation.
Famous spy swaps:
Cold War-style spy exchanges have continued to grab international headlines.
In 2010, Russia and the US made a famous spy swap of 10 Russian agents known as “sleepers”, who were discovered to have been living in the US, in exchange for four men convicted in Russia for spying for the West.
The spies were brought back to Russia, including the glamorous agent Anna Chapman, and welcomed back by Putin.
Some of the other high-profile swaps include a 1962 exchange between USSR and US of shot down pilot Francis Powers over the Urals in Russia and Rudolf Abel, who was arrested by the FBI.
The exchange occurred on the border with East and West Germany in Berlin on the Potsdam to Glienicke Bridge, which later became known as the ‘Bridge of Spies’.
Another famous exchange was in 1982, when German intelligence services traded Russian Aleksey Kozlov for 10 German spies and a general of the South African army. After two years of detention, Aleksey Kozlov did not reveal any secrets and lost 32kg (70 pounds).