Rare images of ASIO officers at a safe house with Evdokia & Vladimir Petrov after they had defected.
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Mrs Evdokia Petrov at the beach with an ASIO Officer after defecting in 1954. Probably the northen beaches of Sydney where they were kept in safe houses. The officer's identity has been protected.
ASIO Officer with identity protected
A post modern holiday snap
ASIO Deputy Director of Operations NSW Ron Richards with Evdokia & Vladimir Petrov at a safe house. Richards' position was known and consequently he is not disguised.
ASIO Deputy Director of Operations NSW Ron Richards with Evdokia & Vladimir Petrov at a safe house.
ASIO Deputy Director of Operations NSW Ron Richards and other officers including Leo Carter rear Left, with Evdokia & Vladimir Petrov at a safe house.
Petrov's main intelligence value to ASIO was his photographic memory. He was able to reveal the identitiies of many of his classmates from KGB school who were at that time operating in North America & Western Europe. ASIO's credibility inside the Western Alliance rose enormously because of this.
The Petrovs proved to be valuable to the Menzies Liberal Government. PM Menzies called a Royal Commission into Espionage in Australia three weeks after they defected. The perception of a connection between the Labor Party, the Communist Party of Australia and a spy ring supplying information to the Soviet Embassy in Canberra was extremely powerful.
The Petrovs lived out their lives quietly in the southern suburbs of Melbourne. Valdmiri died in 1991 and Evdokia in 2002.