The Petrovs' Defection


Vladimir Petrov was a senior Soviet MVD officer and his wife, Evdokia, was a code clerk. They defected in Australia in April 1954.

Australia, Commonwealth of. Report of Royal Commission on Espionage. Sydney, Australia: A.H. Pettifer, 1955.

Bialoguski, Michael. The Case of Colonel Petrov: How I Weaned a High MVD Official from Communism. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1955. The Petrov Story. London: Heinemann, 1955. Melbourne, Australia: Paladin, 1989.

Brown, Wilton J. The Petrov Conspiracy Unmasked. Sydney, Australia: Current Book Distributors, 1957. [Petersen]

Horner, David. The Spy Catchers: The Official History of ASIO 1949-1963. Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 2014.

West, IJI&C 28.3 (Fall 2015), says "David Horner's authoritative account" of events surrounding the Petrov defection "is absolutely compelling and completely undermines the numerous other versions of the episode." Although this official history "is borderline hagiographic," the author "knows his craft and has produced a strongly recommended and hugely impressive account of ASIO's work."

Manne, Robert W. The Petrov Affair: The Politics of Espionage. Sydney and New York: Pergamon, 1987. London: Brassey's, 1987.

Petrov, Vladimir, and Evdokia Petrov. Empire of Fear. New York: Praeger, 1956. London: André Deutsch, 1956.

Thwaites, Michael. Truth Will Out: ASIO and the Petrovs. Sydney, Australia: Collins, 1980.

Michael Thwaites, former head of counter-espionage in the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), died on 1 November 2005 at the age of 90.

Whitlam, Nicholas, and John Stubbs. Nest of Traitors: The Petrov Affair. Milton, Australia: Jacaranda Press, 1974. Rev. ed. St. Lucia, Australia: Queensland University Press, 1985.

Wilkie, Douglas. "The Soviet Spy Case that Shook Australia." Reporter, 24 Mar. 1955, 28-33. [Petersen]

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