ESPIONAGE: V-V & Friends

Dark, swaggering Anastasi Andrevitch Vonsiatsky had the background and the trappings. When he was twelve years old he saw his father murdered by Bolsheviks. In Paris, an exile, then 22, he met the wealthy daughter of a millionaire Chicago steel baron. they came to the U.S. and were married.

On their 200-acre estate in wooded northeast Connecticut, Voniatsky (known to his friends as "V-V") dabbled in political theory, planned revenge on the Soviets. He formed the "All-Russian Fascisti in America." He built a fortress-cabin with 18-inch walls of fieldstone; stocked it with guns, ammunition, tear gas. As his party's...

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