A Deaddrop is a way of passing information in which an agent discreetly drops a package in a prearranged location and then leaves. The handler then passes the location and, if they believe they are not being followed, picks up the package. Because of frequent surveillance by the KGB, US spies in Moscow would often ask their agents to circle back around and pass the spot a second time to take back the package if the handler was unable to pick it up. This way the contact between agent and handler was kept to a minimum, reducing the risk of leading the KGB to their informants.
In 1960 Francis Gary Powers was shot down by Russian missiles while attempting to fly a U-2 spy plane across the Soviet Union. After the initial explosion, Powers ejected him self from the plane and parachuted safely to ground where he was immediately picked up by the KGB and driven to a prison for interrogation. He was tried, jailed and two years later exchanged for KGB spy Rudolf Abel.
Between 1978 and 1985 Adolf Tolkachev preformed hundreds of "Black Bag," steeling priceless information on soviet radar for the United States. In 1985 he was arrested, imprisoned in Ludbynka and executed.