Posted on Jun 15, 2021
On June 15th 1988 Canada expelled eight Soviet officials for interference with Canadian security services and attempting to obtain technology. The eight were two embassy officials from Ottawa, two International Civil Aviation Organization representatives and four consular officials from Montreal, writes Peter Polack.
Nine other Soviets were declared personae non grata: three officials from the Montreal consulate, two from Ottawa, two ICAO delegates, a Soviet journalist and a former manager of Aeroflot.
The Soviets were seeking classified data from a Montreal-based subsidiary of Unisys Corp. of Detroit that had a contract to design electronic and combat systems. The Soviet expulsions came after the defection of Yuriy Anatolyevich Smurov translator at the International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal.
The Soviet Ambassador was Alexei Alekseyevich Rodionov Soviet Ambassador Burma (Myanmar) 1966-68 Soviet Ambassador Pakistan 1971-74 Soviet Ambassador Turkey December 1974-October 1983 Ukraine Charge D’Affaires 1991-92.
Peter Polack is a former criminal lawyer in the Cayman Islands for several decades. His books are The Last Hot Battle of the Cold War: South Africa vs. Cuba in the Angolan Civil War (2013), Jamaica, The Land of Film (2017) and Guerrilla Warfare: Kings of Revolution(2019). He was a contributor to Encyclopedia of Warfare (2013). Polack worked as a part-time reporter for Reuters News Agency in the Cayman Islands 2014-16. His article Syria: The Evolution Revolution was published in the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center magazine June 2014.
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