Evdokia Petrova, born on September 15, 1914, was a Soviet spy in Australia during the 1950s. She and her husband, Vladimir Petrov, were posted as diplomats in Canberra, where they worked as spies for the Soviet Union. Evdokia, holding the rank of captain, provided clerical, cypher, and operational assistance at the Soviet embassy.
The Petrovs defected to Australia in 1954 during the infamous Petrov Affair. This defection had significant global implications, revealing spy networks around the world and affecting political power in Australia for decades. Evdokia's role in the defection was dramatic and filled with personal conflict. Initially, she was unaware of her husband's plans to defect and was kept in the dark until the last moment. She was placed under house arrest at the Soviet Embassy and was escorted by Soviet couriers for her planned return to the Soviet Union. However, amidst a highly charged public demonstration and intervention by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), she decided to stay in Australia.
After their defection, the Petrovs were granted political asylum and later Australian citizenship. They lived under new identities in Melbourne to protect themselves. Evdokia worked as a typist under the name Anna Allyson. She was haunted by worries about her family back in Moscow but was eventually reconnected with them through the Red Cross. Evdokia passed away on July 19, 2002
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