The Cold war and the golden age of espionage begins
The Cold War started at the end of World War 2.
Petrovs arrive in Australia
February 5, 1951
Vladimir Petrov and Evdokia Petrov
Petrov meets ASIO agent Dr Michael Bialoguski
July 7, 1951
ASIO - Australian Security Intelligence Organisation
Michael Bialoguski played a significant part in the 1954 Petrov Affair. He was a Polish-Australian medical practitioner, musician, and intelligence agent.
Evdokia taken to Moscow
The Soviet Embassy became aware of Petrov’s defection, they accused Australian authorities of kidnapping him. They quickly took Evdokia from her house in Griffith and effectively placed her under house arrest at the Soviet Embassy. Two armed couriers from Moscow arrived to escort her back to Russia.
Soviet Union recalls Petrov permanently
Vladimir and Evdokia failed assignment
Vladimir and Evdokia failed to complete their assignment and were punished by Moscow.
Vladimir defected to Australia
Vladimir defected to Australia. He was taken to a safe house on Sydney’s north shore. Prime Minister Menzies announces Petrov’s defection in Parliament. Labor supports Menzies’ Royal Commission into espionage. Evdokia Petrov decides to defect and join her husband.
Robert Menzies announced the defection of Vladimir Petrov
13 April 1954
On the 13th April, Prime Minister Robert Menzies announced the defection of Vladimir Petrov. He called for a Royal Commission to investigate evidence of espionage contained in the documents Petrov brought with him.
The public discovered Petrov's new identity and address.
Berlin Wall gone
The Berlin Wall is taken down, this shows that the Cold War is over.
In 1991 at the age of 84 Petrov died.