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Cryptonym: AELENIS

Definition:
Vladimir Mikhailovich Petrov.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
He was one of two defectors in an international scandal known as the "Petrov Affair". https://petrov.moadoph.gov.au/fallout.html
Sources:

https://www.archives.gov/files/research/jfk/releases/104-10172-10264.pdf

The document is a less redacted version of a prior release that features (https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=16292&relPageId=2) a list of compiled defectors the Secret Service was given by the CIA for surveillance operations during the visit of Russian Premier Leonid Brezhnev in the 1970s. Various Agency departments including the Domestic Contacts Service, Counterintelligence Staff, and the Psychiatric Staff recommended selected defectors for inclusion. It states that AELENIS is Petrov.

Oswald 201 File (201-289248), Volume 27

A document that explains that Soviet officials unsuccessfully attempted to intimidate the wife of defector Vladimir Petrov (Evdokia Petrova) to return to the Soviet Union after his defection in 1954.

104-10431-10126 A REVIEW OF COUNTERINTELLIGENCE LITERATURE, 1975-1992.

The document offers, "Finally, there is the harrowing story of Vladimir and Evdokia Petrov, the KGB husband and wife team in the Soviet Embassy in Canberra, Australia, who with the assistance of the Australian security service (ASIO) managed to escape to freedom although the wife was nearly kidnapped back to the USSR."

Contributors:
Carmine Savastano

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