Share06 December 2019
Exclusive: Victor Sheymov, KGB officer who defected from Soviet Union, dies at 73 https://t.co/dToHdcwchs- The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) December 5, 2019
Former KGB major Victor Sheymov, head of the cryptography and encryption service of the powerful Soviet intelligence service, died in the United States at the age of 73. In 1980 the man made contact with CIA agents in the USSR and made himself a clandestine expatriate, together with his wife and 5-year-old daughter in the US. According to one version, it would have passed through the border with Finland, while his wife claims that they are expatriates through the Carpathian mountain range. At the time Sheymov was the most important deserter of the KGB. The CIA took a full year to catalog all the information provided by Sheymov. The official version of this story in the Soviet Union gave this missing person with the whole family. In the US he hid for ten years, making his first appearance in public and releasing the first interview only in 1990. Sheymov would have revealed in advance the attempted attack against Pope John Paul II, recounting the details of the assassination of the President of Afghanistan Hafizulla Amin by the KGB and finally unmasked two Soviet spies in the US State Department and provided evidence, but not identity, of a Soviet spy inside the CIA. Sheymov was highly appreciated by the US government for its "great contribution to the country and to national security" and decorated with the US Intelligence Medal.