A former political adviser to the Soviet Foreign Minister, Andrei Gromyko, and his protege. United Nations Assistant Secretary-General, when he defected to the United States in 1978. Caused a sensation by announcing that he had been work-, ing secretly for the CIA for 2 years.
His Russian wife returned to Moscow and was found dead a month later in their Moscow flat. According to the Soviet Government, it was suicide. Wrote political memoirs, Breaking With Moscow.
Gave a rare insight into the workings of Kremlin policymaking. Now lives in the United States with his new American wife, the editor Elaine Jackson.