ESPIONAGE: Russian at the Back Door

ESPIONAGE Russian at the Back Door

A widespread U.S. suspicion that the U.N. is used as a convenient back door by spies and other subversive characters was strengthened last week. ¶The U.S. delegation to the U.N. announced that it had requested the dismissal of a high Russian staff member for attempted espionage. The accused: Nikolai Skvortsov, 39, special assistant to U.N.'s Assistant Secretary General for Security Council Affairs, Constantin Zinchenko. Skvortsov never seemed to do much work; he just spent an unusual amount of time chatting with non-Russians. The State Department learned a year ago that Skvortsov was engaged in espionage....

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