Monday, November 22, 2010


An individual who defects to an adversary and then undergoes a change of heart, for whatever reason, and returns home. Examples are limited, but the most notorious was the KGB’s Vitali Yurchenko, who unexpectedly defected to the Central Intelligence Agency in Rome in July 1985 and then three months later evaded his CIA escort and made his way to the Soviet embassy in Washington, D.C., where he held a press conference to assert that he had been abducted and drugged. Other redefectors include Anatoli Cheboratev, a GRU officer who defected in Brussels in October 1971; Anton Sabotka, in  Canada in 1972; Nikolai Petrov, a GRU officer in Jakarta in June 1972; Lt. Artush Hovasenian of the KGB, in Turkey in July 1972; and Evgenni Sorokin in Vientiane in September 1972.