List of Soviet and Eastern Bloc defectors

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Soon after the formation of the Soviet Union, emigration restrictions were put in place to keep citizens from leaving the various countries of the Soviet Socialist Republics,[1] though some defections still occurred. During and after World War II, similar restrictions were put in place in non-Soviet countries of the Eastern Bloc,[2] which consisted of the Communist states of Central and Eastern Europe (except Communist Yugoslavia) and the People's Republic of Mongolia.[3][4]

Until 1952, however, the Inner German border between East Germany and West Germany could be easily crossed in most places.[5] Accordingly, before 1961, most of that east–west flow took place between East and West Germany, with over 3.5 million East Germans emigrating to West Germany before 1961.[6][7] On August 13, 1961, a barbed-wire barrier, which would become the Berlin Wall separating East and West Berlin, was erected by East Germany.[8]

Although international movement was, for the most part, strictly controlled, there was a steady loss through escapees who were able to use ingenious methods to evade frontier security.[9] Numerous notable Eastern Bloc citizens defected to non-Eastern Bloc countries.[10]

The following list of Eastern Bloc defectors contains notable defectors from East Germany, the Soviet Union, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Albania before those countries' conversions from Communist states in the early 1990s.

List of defectionsEdit

Defections violating emigration restrictions of the Eastern Bloc countries
Defector Profession/
Birthplace Year Notes
George Balanchine choreographer Russia 1924 Defected during tour of Germany to the Weimar Republic
Boris Bazhanov Politburo Secretary Russia 1928 Defected to France via Iran and India
Georges Agabekov OGPU Turkmenistan 1930 Defected in France; led the manhunt for Bazhanov before defecting
Grigol Robakidze author Georgia 1930 Defected to Germany; primarily known for his exotic prose and anti-Soviet émigré activities
Tatiana Tchernavin writer Russia 1932 Fled from USSR with her husband Vladimir Tchernavin (physicist, writer) and her son Andrei through Karelia to Finland and then to Great Britain. (She and her son visited her husband in gulag prison, then fled together). She wrote a book about their experience: 'Escape from the Soviets' and her husband: 'I Speak For the Silent Prisoners of the Soviets'
George Gamow physicist Ukraine 1933 First tried to kayak across the Black Sea; defected in Brussels, Belgium; later discovered alpha decay via quantum tunneling
Ignace Reiss NKVD Russia 1937 Former head of Soviet intelligence services; assassinated by NKVD
Walter Krivitsky NKVD Russia 1937 Defected in Paris, France after assassination of Reiss; apparent 1941 suicide in the U.S. may have been an NKVD assassination
Alexander Orlov NKVD Belarus 1938 Fled while stationed in Spain to avoid execution in the Great Purge
Genrikh Lyushkov NKVD Russia 1938 Crossed the border into Manchukuo with secret documents; family arrested and sent to Gulag; several died
Abdurakhman Avtorkhanov author Russia 1942 Sent to infiltrate anti-Soviet Chechens, he joined them instead
Nasreddin Murat-Khan architect/engineer Russia 1944 Fled to evade religious persecution. Defected in Berlin, Germany; then to Pakistan in 1950 where he was given refuge and citizenship. In honour of his new home, Pakistan; he designed and constructed the Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore, Punjab which stands as a national symbol of the country to this day. He also constructed the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore and Nishtar Medical University in Multan.
Victor Kravchenko engineer Ukraine 1944 Soviet engineer, witnessed horrors of Holodomor; defected when serving in the Soviet Purchasing Agency in Washington DC in the United States
G. M. Dimitrov politician Bulgaria 1945 Saved from execution by U.S. ambassador; later founded anti-Communist organizations
Fedir Bohatyrchuk chess, medical doctor USSR 1945 Former Soviet chess champion eventually immigrated to Canada, where he became a professor of medicine, and resumed his competitive chess
Géza Füster chess Hungary 1945 Defected through East Berlin with friend Pal Benko who was caught and jailed three years
Igor Gouzenko GRU Russia 1945 Defected in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; helped uncover Communist spy rings
Konstantin Volkov NKVD Russia 1945 Deputy head of the NKVD in Istanbul, Turkey; contacted the British Istanbul consulate about defection, was arrested by the Soviets and disappeared forever (possibly executed)
Valeri Tihonovitch Minakov Russia 1945 Escaped from Siberia across the Bering Sea in a small boat, with his 6 year old son Oleg. He was assisted by Eskimos of Savoonga and Gambell on St. Lawrence Island. Shortly afterward 14 Siberians arrived for "a visit" and questioned inhabitants whether they had seen a "white Russian."[11]
Anatoli Granovsky MGB Russia 1946 Defected in Stockholm, Sweden and wrote an autobiography
Grigori Tokaty Scientist and politician Ossetia 1947 He secretly worked with an underground opposition group in the USSR. Afraid of his links with them being discovered, he defected to the British Sector of Occupied Berlin, and arrived in Britain in 1947. He later worked in the Information Research Department, helping disseminate anti-communist propaganda.[12]
Jan Čep writer Czechoslovakia 1948 Defected to France; Poet friend who stayed behind jailed for 13 years for "anti-socialist thinking"
Nesti Josifi Kopali chief of Albanian security service Sigurimi in Rome Albania 1949 Offered himself to the U.S. Embassy in Rome in late 1949, but was rejected, so he turned to Italian Intelligence. After a couple of months of interrogation, he was turned over to the CIA, which flew him to Washington DC for debriefing. Kopali had, among his other anti-western assignments in 1946-47, tried and failed to set up a liaison with the editor of an ethnic newspaper in Boston. In 1950, Kopali provided some valuable information about Albanian security and military matters, but not enough for the U.S. government to offer him political asylum and resettlement in the United States. He was ultimately flown back to Germany.[13]
Alena Vrzáňová figure skater Czechoslovakia 1950 Defected during 1950 World Championships in London, UK
Josef Buršík tank commander Czechoslovakia 1950 Escaped from prison to West Germany and later UK. After the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 Buršík returned his Hero of the Soviet Union medal in Soviet embassy in London.
Czesław Miłosz author Poland 1951 Defected to France after serving as a Polish diplomat and later settled in the United States
Istvan Rabovsky ballet Hungary 1953 Escaped with wife Nora Kovach to West Berlin on an East Berlin tour
Franciszek Jarecki pilot Poland 1953 Flew MiG-15 from Słupsk, Poland to Rønne Airport on Danish island of Bornholm
Józef Światło UB Poland 1953 Defected on a mission in East Berlin; He revealed it in broadcasts on Radio Free Europe internal struggle in the Polish United Workers' Party (PZPR) and the true face of the Security Office (UB). The result of his escape was the liquidation of the Ministry of Security (MBP).
Nikolai Khokhlov KGB Russia 1953 Refused to assassinate George Okolovich; defected in West Germany and KGB attempted to assassinate him in 1957
Nora Kovach ballet Hungary 1953 Escaped with husband Istvan Rabovsky to West Berlin on an East Berlin tour
Andrzej Panufnik composer Poland 1954 Slipped Polish secret police in night time taxi chase in Zürich, Switzerland, defected to UK while in London
Peter Deriabin KGB agent Russia 1954 KGB Major and personnel officer who contacted U.S. intelligence in Vienna and was exfiltrated through the "Mozart Express" military train; worked with CIA for years afterwards
Vladimir Petrov diplomat Russia 1954 Defected on a mission in Australia. Started the Petrov Affair
Evdokia Petrova KGB Russia 1954 Undercover KGB agent who was the wife of Vladimir Petrov; defected in Australia during the Petrov Affair
Bela Berger chess Hungary 1956 Defected during Hungarian Revolution of 1956 to Australia
Ferenc Puskás football Hungary 1956 Defected during the 1956–57 European Cup in Madrid, Spain
Imre Lakatos philosopher of science Hungary 1956 Fled to Vienna, Austria, and later to Britain after the Hungarian Revolution of 1956
Jenő Kalmár football Hungary 1956 Defected during the 1956–57 European Cup in Madrid, Spain, and then to Switzerland
József Mindszenty Cardinal Hungary 1956 Fled to U.S. Embassy in Budapest during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956; later moved to Austria
Sándor Kocsis football Hungary 1956 Defected during the 1956–57 European Cup in Madrid, Spain, and then to Switzerland
Zoltán Czibor football Hungary 1956 Fled to Spain during Hungarian Revolution of 1956
Ágnes Keleti artistic gymnast Hungary 1956 Defected in Melbourne, Australia, during 1956 Summer Olympics
Christo Javacheff environmentalist artist Bulgaria 1957 Escaped from Czechoslovakia to Austria
Reino Häyhänen KGB Russia 1957 Defected in Paris after spending several years spying undercover in the west
Nicholas Shadrin naval officer Russia 1959 Defected in Sweden; later allegedly killed by the KGB
Alexander Petrovich photographer Russia 1960 Defected through Iran and India; settled in Tampa, Florida
Anatoliy Golitsyn KGB Ukraine 1961 Defected to the United States via Helsinki, Finland, and Haparanda, Sweden, with his wife and daughter when he was stationed in Helsinki; made sensational claims after his defection.
Bohdan Stashynsky KGB Ukraine 1961 Defected in West Berlin; assassin of Lev Rebet and Stepan Bandera before defection
Conrad Schumann Border Guard East Germany 1961 Photographed jumping the Berlin Wall during construction
Ernst Degner Motorcycle racer East Germany 1961 Defected after the Berlin Wall was erected once he knew that his wife and two children had already escaped from East to West Germany in the trunk of a car. Degner defected (with knowledge of the loop scavenging technique developed for MZ) by driving his car from the Swedish GP to Denmark and West Germany.[14]
Jonas Pleškys submarine tender captain Lithuania 1961 Sailed vessel to Sweden; sentenced to death; CIA hid him from USSR.
Michael Goleniewski SB MSW Poland 1961 Defected in West Germany; sentenced to death after defection; then worked for the CIA. Before he fled he spied for the CIA under the cover name Sniper, but the CIA did not know his identity until his escape.
Rudolf Nureyev ballet Russia 1961 Defected on tour in Paris
Valentin Poénaru mathematician Romania 1961 Defected at conference in Stockholm, Sweden; known for low-dimensional topology
Petr Beckmann physicist Czechoslovakia 1963 Defected as visiting professor to University of Colorado in the United States; became a proponent of libertarianism and nuclear energy
Yuri Krotkov KGB Georgia 1963 Defected while an undercover agent in London, UK; later became a novelist
Gabor Balla marksman Hungary 1964 Defected in Tokyo, Japan, during the 1964 Summer Olympics
András Törő flatwater canoe Hungary 1964 Defected in Tokyo, Japan, during the 1964 Summer Olympics
Paul Barbă Neagră film director Romania 1964 Defected in Tours, France
Yuri Nosenko KGB Ukraine 1964 Defected in Washington, D.C., United States; for years, the CIA thought he might be a double agent
Michael Polywka football East Germany 1966 Fled after a match in Sweden; traveled to West Germany
Ivan Diviš poet Czechoslovakia 1967 Fled after Prague Spring to West Germany and worked for Radio Free Europe
Svetlana Alliluyeva Joseph Stalin's daughter Russia 1967 Defected to the United States via New Delhi, India; denounced the former regime of her late father Joseph Stalin, but softened her criticism of him in the 1980s[15]
Anatoly Kuznetsov author Ukraine 1968 Defected after the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia while doing research in London to the United Kingdom
Jan Šejna General Czechoslovakia 1968 Fled after Prague Spring to the United States.
Miloš Forman film director and actor Czechoslovakia 1968 Defected to USA when the USSR and its Warsaw Pact allies invaded the country to end the Prague Spring; known for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Vladimir Oravsky writer Czechoslovakia 1968 Fled after Prague Spring to Sweden
Cornel Chiriac journalist Romania 1969 Defected to Austria with fake invitation
Georgi Markov playwright Bulgaria 1969 Fled to Italy after ban on plays; assassinated in London in 1978
Jerzy Lewi chess Poland 1969 Defected during tournament in Athens, Greece; traveled to Sweden
Ladislav Bittman Czech state security, disinformation Czechoslovakia 1969 Became a professor at Boston University, lecturing on disinformation and propaganda.
Josef Frolík Czech state security Czechoslovakia 1969 Defected from Bulgaria to Turkey on a boat, moved by the CIA to the United States
Simonas "Simas" Kudirka Soviet seaman Lithuania 1970 Leaped from a Soviet ship to a United States Coast Guard ship
Natalia Makarova ballet Russia 1970 Defected on ballet tour in London, UK; later won a Tony Award[16]
Yuri Bezmenov KGB propaganda agent Russia 1970 Left India, his KGB station, disguised as a hippie, went to Greece, was debriefed in the United States, but refused to stay in the US because of KGB infiltration of the CIA, and was granted asylum in Canada
Oleg Lyalin KGB Russia 1971 Defected in London, UK, after being arrested in London; exposed dozens of KGB agents in London
Ioan P. Culianu philosopher Romania 1972 Defected during lectures in Italy; suspected that Securitate later assassinated him
Alexander Elder author Russia 1974 Jumped from a Soviet ship off the Ivory Coast on which he was working as a doctor; later traveled to the United States
Mikhail Baryshnikov ballet Latvia 1974 Defected during tour in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Paul Nevai Mathematician Hungary 1974 Defected in Paris; immigrated to the USA in 1976
Stanislav Kurilov Oceanographer USSR 1974 While on a "cruise to nowhere" in the open ocean, jumped into the sea and swam to the Philippine coast, many kilometers away
Václav Nedomanský hockey Czechoslovakia 1974 Defected during a vacation in Switzerland
Martina Navratilova tennis Czechoslovakia 1975 Defected at the 1975 US Open in the United States
Jürgen Pahl football East Germany 1976 Fled with Norbert Nachtweih in an under-21 match in Turkey; traveled to West Germany
Norbert Nachtweih football East Germany 1976 Fled with Jürgen Pahl in an under-21 match in Turkey; traveled to West Germany
Viktor Belenko pilot Russia 1976 Flew a MiG-25 from Chuguyevka, Primorsky Krai, to Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan
Viktor Korchnoi chess Russia 1976 First Soviet Grandmaster to defect; defected following a tournament in Amsterdam, Netherlands[17]
Youri Egorov pianist Russia 1976 Fled during a tour in Rome, Italy
Vladimir Rezun (Viktor Suvorov) GRU / author Russia 1978 GRU military intelligence, defecting to Britain while working under UN cover in Switzerland
Arkady Shevchenko UN Undersecretary General Ukraine 1978 Spied for the U.S. for three years before defection. His wife in Moscow died two months after his defection, purportedly of suicide.
Kirill Kondrashin conductor Russia 1978 Defected in December 1978 while touring in the Netherlands and sought political asylum there.
Ion Mihai Pacepa Securitate Romania 1978 Two-star Romanian Securitate general and personal advisor to Nicolae Ceauşescu; defected in the American Embassy in Bonn, West Germany. He was sentenced to death twice in absentia with a $2 million bounty. Carlos the Jackal was sent to assassinate him.
Matei Pavel Haiducu Securitate Romania 1978 Defected to France in 1981 on an industrial espionage mission. He was sentenced to death in absentia.
Alexander Godunov ballet Russia 1979 Defected on ballet tour in New York City in JFK International Airport in Queens; later became an actor, including playing one of the terrorists in Die Hard [18]
Werner Stiller Stasi East Germany 1979 Defected to West Germany after stealing state secrets
Jörg Berger football East Germany 1979 Used a match in Yugoslavia to flee to West Germany
Leonid Kozlov ballet Russia 1979 Defected with wife Valentina Kozlov during their company's tour in Los Angeles, United States
Valentina Kozlova ballet Russia 1979 Defected with husband Leonid Kozlov during their company's tour in Los Angeles, United States
Lev Alburt chess Russia 1979 Soviet chess grandmaster; defected to the USA, where he won the U.S. Chess Championship three times
Ludmila Belousova figure skater Russia 1979 Defected in Switzerland
Lutz Eigendorf football East Germany 1979 Fled during a match in West Germany; assassinated by Stasi in 1983 in an incident designed to look like a traffic accident
Oleg Protopopov figure skater Russia 1979 Defected with Ludmila Belousova on tour in Switzerland
Stanislav Levchenko KGB Russia 1979 Defected during a mission in Tokyo, Japan; detailed KGB's Japanese spy network
Vladas Česiūnas sprint canoe Lithuania 1979 Defected in World Championships in the Frankfurt Airport in West Germany; recaptured by the KGB[19]
Anton Šťastný hockey Czechoslovakia 1980 Defected with brother Peter during European Cup tournament in Innsbruck, Austria
Igor Vasilyevich Ivanov chess Russia 1980 Ran from KGB agents when his plane made an emergency stop in Gander, Canada
Peter Šťastný hockey Czechoslovakia 1980 Defected with his wife and brother Anton during European Cup tournament in Innsbruck, Austria
Sulamith Messerer ballet Russia 1980 Sister's husband purged; defected to Britain at 72 to coach ballet
Walter Polovchak underage defector Ukraine 1980 Fled from his parents when they were about to return to then-Soviet-republic. Granted political asylum as a naturalized U.S. citizen upon turning 18 on October 3, 1985. Was subject of lengthy political cause célèbre during those five years.
Maxim Shostakovich conductor Russia 1981 Defected on tour in West Germany with his son[20]
Romuald Spasowski ambassador Poland 1981 Defected when martial law was declared in 1981.
Ryszard Kukliński Polish colonel Poland 1981 Spied for USA for 10 years after 1970 massacre of Polish workers. Defected to United States. Sentenced to death in absentia. Later died of a stroke. Sentence was annulled in 1998 by the Polish Supreme Court.
Vladimir Tismăneanu political scientist Romania 1981 Defected in Spain on a permitted trip with his mother to visit site of father's battles
Clifford Kettemborough mathematician and computer scientist Romania 1982 Defected to Turkey and then Austria via Bulgaria before immmigrating to the United States in June 1983
Vladimir Kuzichkin KGB Russia 1982 Defected to a British intelligence Tehran station and then to the United Kingdom
Gega Kobakhidze actor Georgia 1983 Hijacked Aeroflot Flight 6833; tried to defect to Turkey and was caught
Falko Götz football East Germany 1983 Fled before a match in Yugoslavia; traveled to West Germany[21]
Vakhtang Jordania conductor Georgia 1983 Defected in a tour with Victoria Mullova via Kuusamo, Finland, and Haparanda, Sweden, to the United States
Viktoria Mullova violinist Russia 1983 Defected in a tour with Vakhtang Jordania via Kuusamo, Finland, and Haparanda, Sweden, to the United States
Oleg Bitov editor Russia 1983 Foreign editor of Literaturnaya Gazeta; defected in Venice, Italy, to Great Britain[22]
Dariusz Janczewski Track and Field Poland 1984 Left a hotel room in the middle of the night while in Turin, Italy, at an international track meet; spent several months in a refugee camp in Italy before relocating to the United States
Valdo Randpere Deputy minister of Justice Estonia 1984 Defected via Kotka, Finland to Sweden. Fled a Soviet crackdown on Estonian nationalism.
Ivo Zdarsky Aviation engineering student Czechoslovakia 1984 Defected from Czechoslovakia after he created a homemade aircraft, then flew to Vienna International Airport. Zdarsky then settled in the United States and founded the corporation Ivoprop.
Ladislav Pataki sports scientist Czechoslovakia 1985 Defected to US via Rome, Italy; "the highest-ranking Soviet-bloc sports scientist ever to defect to the West"
Milan Švec Czechoslovak Embassy, Washington DC Czechoslovakia 1985 Defected in Washington, D.C., where he was Minister-Counselor; later became a commentator on East-West relations
Oleg Gordievsky KGB Russia 1985 Defected to UK via Finland; became MI6 double agent after the Soviet 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia; sentenced to death in absentia
Vitaly Yurchenko KGB Russia 1985 Defected in Rome, Italy; exposed two KGB/CIA double agents, Ronald Pelton and Edward Lee Howard; ended up back in the KGB
Mircea Florian musician Romania 1986 Defected in the United States on permitted visit for a performance
Frank Lippmann football East Germany 1986 Fled after a match against FC Bayer 05 Uerdingen in the Quarter finals of the 1985–86 European Cup Winners' Cup.
Naim Süleymanoğlu weightlifter Bulgaria 1986 Defected during World Cup final in Melbourne, Australia; traveled to Turkey
Vyacheslav Polozov opera USSR 1986 Defected during the Madama Butterfly singing competition in Tokyo, Japan
Mihai Smighelschi Air Force cadet Romania 1987 Flew his Aero L-39ZA Albatross jet trainer aircraft from Buzau, Romania to near Kirklareli, Turkey, where he landed on a dirt road[23]
Tamás Buday sprint canoe Hungary 1987 Defected to Canada
Mihai Suba chess Romania 1988 Defected to UK during the 1988 Lloyds Bank chess tournament in London
Miodrag Belodedici football Romania 1988 Defected to Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Aleksandr Zuyev pilot Russia 1989 Flew Mikoyan MiG-29 to Trabzon, Turkey
Alexander Mogilny hockey Russia 1989 Defected after World Championships in Sweden
Kalinikos Kreanga table tennis Romania 1989 Defected in Luxembourg during youth table tennis championship
Mihai Apostol sprint canoe Romania 1989 -
Nadia Comăneci gymnast Romania 1989 Defected weeks before the Romanian Revolution to Austria
Cristian Raducanu rugby union player Romania 1989 -
Petr Nedvěd hockey Czechoslovakia 1989 Defected during a midget hockey tournament in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Vladimir Pasechnik bioweapons engineer Russia 1989 Defected in Paris, France, to warn the West about the Soviet biological weapons program
Zuo Xiukai military officer China 1989 Defected to South Korea from his post at the Joint Security Area[24]
Gorsha Sur ice dancing Russia 1990 Defected to the United States while on tour with a Soviet troupe
Sergei Fedorov hockey Russia 1990 Defected in Seattle, United States, during Goodwill Games
Vitali Vitaliev author Ukraine 1990 Became a regular on BBC TV in the United Kingdom

Defections after 1991Edit

Notable defections after 1991 regarding Eastern Bloc intelligence
Defector Profession/
Birthplace Year Notes
Kanatjan Alibekov bioweapons chief Kazakhstan 1992 Former director of Biopreparat; defected to United States
Stanislav Lunev GRU Russia 1992 Defected to the United States; revealed KGB weapons caches in the west
Vasili Mitrokhin KGB Russia 1992 Defected in Riga, Latvia, to British Embassy; Archivist who was shocked by records of Soviet political repression
Sergei Tretyakov SVR; Foreign Intelligence Service (Russia) Russia 2000 Defected in New York City to CIA.; Deputy Resident Station Chief in New York City; Revealed many political and intelligence secrets from the Russian Federation; sudden death in Sarasota County, Florida, on June 13, 2010; his death has been associated with allegations of foul play

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Dowty 1989, p. 69
  2. ^ Dowty 1989, p. 114
  3. ^ Eastern bloc, The American Heritage New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2005.
  4. ^ Hirsch, Donald, Joseph F. Kett, James S. Trefil, The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy',' Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002, ISBN 0-618-22647-8, page 230
  5. ^ Dowty 1989, p. 121
  6. ^ Mynz 1995, p. 2.2.1
  7. ^ Senate Chancellery, Governing Mayor of Berlin, The construction of the Berlin Wall Archived 2014-04-02 at the Wayback Machine states "Between 1945 and 1961, around 3.6 million people left the Soviet zone and East Berlin"
  8. ^ Pearson 1998, p. 75
  9. ^ Turnock 1997, p. 19
  10. ^ Krasnov 1985, p. 2
  11. ^ ALASKA magazine June 1971, and July 1972, articles by Frank J. Daugherty
  12. ^ "Professor Grigori Tokaty". The Independent. 2003-11-25. Retrieved 2020-08-26.
  13. ^ G.S. Trice, Specialist/4, Dossier Number H8047134, U.S. Army Investigative Records Repository, 7 March 1974: contains such CIC records of Nesti Josifi Kopali as IDENTIFICATION F-2542 (11 Jan 1952), D-296877 (1 Nov 1951), File II-5092 (14 June 1951 - 18 Sept 1951). While these documents are the only known paperwork available to the public, various government officials active during the early 1950s acknowledged knowing about Kopali and some of his zany behavior.
  14. ^ TEAM SUZUKI by Ray Battersby (2008) Parker House Publishing ISBN 0-9796891-5-5
  15. ^ "Sovietologist Leopold Labedz, who met her in 1968, first noticed it in 1981: "She was getting soft on papochka." Once she had acknowledged Stalin's personal responsibility for the death of millions; now she called him a prisoner of Communist ideology. Her new book contained hardly any criticism of her father. She probably felt she had betrayed him. "My father would have shot me for what I have done", she often said during her final year in Britain." Patricia Blake, Time, 28 January 1985
  16. ^ Natalia Makarova Dances Again With the Kirov. The New York Times, August 8, 1988
  17. ^ Raymond Keene. Viktor Korchnoi: Fearless Competitor of World Chess. Archived 2007-10-29 at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ Turmoil on the Tarmac. TIME Magazine, September 3, 1979
  19. ^ KGB Kidnapping. TIME Magazine, October 22, 1979
  20. ^ Russians Call Defection Of Shostakovich 'Personal'. The New York Times, April 28, 1981
  21. ^ Dirk Schlegel and Falko Götz: The East Berlin footballers who fled from the Stasi, BBC Sport, 5 November 2019
  22. ^ "A Soviet Defector Is Granted Permission to Stay in Britain". The New York Times. Associated Press. October 26, 1983. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  23. ^ "Evadare din comunism cu avionul de vânătoare". Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  24. ^ "Chinese Army Major Defects To South Korea With His Wife". The New York Times. July 30, 1989.