Nation: Saga of a Decadent Defector

A Soviet playboy embarrasses the CIA

Vacation in the Caribbean. A high-priced girlfriend. A luxury Washington apartment. Onetime senior Soviet Diplomat and U.N. Under Secretary-General Arkadi Shevchenko, 48, has hardly maintained a classless society's life-style since he defected to the U.S. last spring. After being debriefed by the CIA, he has not only enjoyed freedom of movement, but also savored the fruits of capitalism. Using at least four aliases and always trailed in public by a CIA or FBI bodyguard, the Ukrainian has been frequenting Washington's bars and discos and relaxing at resorts...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!