The Soviet Secret Services

The Soviet Secret Services

The Soviet Secret Services

The Soviet Secret Services


The following dispatch from Lucerne (Switzerland) appeared in the London Daily Telegraph of 3rd November, 1953:

"German-born Rudolph Roessler, fifty-six, a spy for Russia during the Second World War , said in a Lucerne court today that he had organized an 'information service' for Czechoslovakia between 1947 and 1953. He is charged with espionage.

"The federal indictment says he used Switzerland as a base for sending secret information on British and United States occupation forces and fortifications in Western Germany and Allied Forces in Denmark to the Czechoslovak secret service. . . .

"Roessler agreed that he had sent military, economic and political reports, but contended these were taken from documents available to anyone. One of his micro-film reports, found in a tin of honey, dealt with plans for R.A.F. airfields in North Rhine- Westphalia."

The Daily Telegraph published a further dispatch on 6th November, 1953:

"Rudolph Roessler . . . (was) sentenced to twelve months in prison by a Swiss Federal Court in Lucerne for spying for Czechoslovakia against the Western Allies."

That Roessler was "a spy for Russia during the Second World War" gains significance from the judgment of the Swiss Federal Criminal Court at Lucerne of 5th November, 1953, which found that "Roessler (then) supplied part of his information to the 'Red Orchestra', viz. the Soviet secret service."

Six years earlier the other members of the Soviet spy ring in war-time Switzerland had been in the news. The Bernese daily, Der Bund , reported from Lausanne on 31st October, 1947:

"Proceedings before the Divisional Court 1A began on Thursday morning in a big espionage case which goes back to . . .

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