Celebrating the Heroes of the Cold War
However, there is another fallen hero that has not only been forgotten but long overlooked. Their sacrifice and existence denied by the very nation they gave their life for, not because of ingratitude but the very nature of their devotion required it. So, I thought I would write this in honor of them, the forgotten patriot, the cold-war spy.
These men and women, who grew up in the shadow of the hammer and sickle, took their life (and many times the life of their families) in their hands and became inside agents for the United States, secretly reporting on intelligence they bravely uncovered while living in the midst of their fraternal enemy. Some, no doubt, did it for money, but more often than not, many of these courageous patriots only motivation was their realization of the horrors of their own country’s leadership and the destruction it would reap on the world if it ever wrested total control.
Adolf Tolkachev – Executed in 1986
Sergey Motorin – Executed in 1987
Valery Martynov – Executed in 1987
Dmitri Polyakov – Executed in 1988
Leonid Poleschuk – Executed
Vladimir Vasilyev – Executed in 1987