The agency’s announcement listed the medals and other commendations awarded to Mr. Vasenkov, characterizing him as “a hardworking, honest and humble worker” who “had been prone to working with risk” and who had “will, courage and resourcefulness.” ” had shown. †
The couple’s son, Juan Lazaro Jr., who was 17 at the time of their arrest and already an accomplished pianist, refused to accompany them back to Russia. He was then in the process of completing his undergraduate studies at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts in Manhattan. According to a resume, he later graduated from the Juilliard School and studied at the Mannes School of Music in Manhattan, part of the New School, and still lives in New York.
The stepson of Mrs. Pelaez from a previous relationship, Waldo Mariscal, an architect who was 38 at the time, also stayed in the United States. He now lives in Peru with his mother, according to her lawyer, Carlos Moreno. She and her sons are among the survivors of Mr. Vasenkov, said Mr. Moreno.
Mikhail Anatolyevich Vasenkov was born on October 9, 1942 in what his obituary described as a family of workers in Kuntsevo, a town outside of Moscow. (Stalin had a dacha there.) The family moved to Siberia some time after the German invasion during World War II.
Mikhail graduated from the Higher Command School for Combined Arms in Moscow. Educated in English and Spanish, he flew from Madrid to Lima in 1976 with a Uruguayan passport under the name Juan Jose Lazaro Fuentes, an identity he had stolen from a Uruguayan who had died of respiratory failure in 1947 at the age of 3.
Described as a freelance news photographer with a black belt in karate, he was granted Peruvian citizenship in 1979. In 1983, according to the Russian security service, he married “under the sanction” of the espionage service to Ms Pelaez, a television reporter.
Two years later, they emigrated to the United States, where she started working as a journalist for the Spanish-language daily El Diario/La Prensa.