Ruth Wilson

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Ruth Beverly Wilson was married to Soviet spy Jacob Epstein. Epstein had been wounded in the Spanish Civil War after he volunteered for the International Brigades. Ruth, who was a nurse, met him while he was recuperating from his injuries. They two embarked on a joint career with Soviet intelligence that took them to Mexico City during World War II. They were involved in the efforts to break Leon Trotsky's killer, Ramon Mercador, out of a Mexican prison. Wilson's code name in Soviet intelligence and decyphered in the Venona transcripts is "Nona".

Venona traffic

Ruth Wilson is referenced in the following Venona decrypt; the decryption cites that the KGB suspected "courier A" had come under surveillance. Courier A is believed by researchers to be Anna Colloms.


  • John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr, Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America, Yale University Press (1999), pgs. 280–281, 282.