Knowledge unlocks a world of possibilities The Robinson Library

Home About The Library Navigation Help Sitemap Terms of Use Contact Information

  General and Old World HistoryEastern EuropeRussiaSoviet Union, 1918-1991

The Trial of Francis Gary Powers
Exhibit of objects said to have been found on Powers' person and in the plane after it crashed on Soviet territory on May 1, 1960.
objects from plane
Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev at a press conference in Moscow where the objects from Powers and his plane were being displayed.

Francis Gary Powers pleaded guilty at his trial, which began in Moscow on August 27, 1960.
Francis Gary Powers

General view of the court, which was held at the Trade Union House in Moscow. Powers was tried before a three-man tribunal made up of members of the military division of the Soviet Supreme Court. About 2,000 spectators were presented.
Powers in the prisoner's box. Sitting at right in front of Powers is M.I. Grinyov, Powers' court-appointed attorney. The official charge against Powers was "criminal responsibility for crimes against the state."
Powers in prisoner's box
View of the press gallery at the trial. Foreign newsmen were given earphones which provided simultaneous translations of the proceedings.
foreign newsmen
Barbara Powers, wife of Francis Gary Powers, at a press conference in Moscow before the trial. Powers' parents were also permitted to attend the trial.
Barbara Powers

Questions or comments about this page?

  The Robinson Library > General and Old World History > Eastern Europe > Russia > Soviet Union, 1918-1991

This page was last updated on December 22, 2015.

About This Site | Navigation Help | Sitemap | Terms of Use | Contact