A Diplomat to the Corps

SERGEI GUNEYEV for TIME

CORPS VALUES: Jeffrey Hay

In Graham Greene's novel The Quiet American, a U.S. aid worker in 1950s Saigon turns out to be a spy. The recent film version of the story hasn't come out yet in Russia, but Nikolai Patrushev, director of the FSB, the successor agency to the KGB, must be familiar with the plot. Last month he accused U.S. Peace Corps volunteers of illicitly "collecting information on the sociopolitical and economic situation in Russia," singling out one staffer for entering a closed zone on the Chinese border and a volunteer for trying to establish inappropriate contacts. Even in a world where Russia and...

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