George Trofimoff


  George Trofimoff, a 74-year-old retired US Army Reserve Colonel and former US Army civilian director of the Nuernberg Joint Interrogation Center (JIC), was arrested 14 June 2000.

Trofimoff, a naturalized US citizen, was born in Germany to Russian immigrant parents. He became a US citizen in 1951, joined the US Army, and later joined the US Army Reserve.

In 1969, he began work at the Nuernberg JIC and was subsequently recruited as a KGB spy by Igor Susemihl, the former Russian Orthodox Archbishop of Vienna, Austria, and Trofimoff's boyhood friend.

In 1992, Vasili Mitrokhin, a KGB archivist, defected to Britain and provided sufficient information to identify Trofimoff. German authorities arrested Trofimoff and Susemihl in December 1994 but released them because of the German five-year statute of limitations on espionage.

Trofimoff was paid more than $250,000 during his 25-year spy career.

On 28 September 2001 (the 50th anniversary of his US naturalization), Trofimoff was sentenced to life in prison without parole.


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