A journalist with dual U.S.-Peruvian citizenship, who was deported from the United States to Russia on a spy swap, Vicky Pelaez, will return to Peru no sooner than in a month, Pelaez's lawyer, Carlos Moreno, said on Monday.
Vicky Pelaez, 55, and nine others were arrested in the United States on charges of espionage on behalf of Russia. Later she was released on $250,000 bail.
Pelaez is believed to be the only one of the 10 spies who pleaded guilty in the U.S. court who was not a Russian citizen. The 10 were quickly flown out of the United States in an exchange for four people convicted of spying in Russia for the West.
"At the moment Vicky lives in Moscow in an apartment that was granted to her by the Russian government and is preparing documents necessary for her return to Lima," the lawyer told Peruvian RPP radio station, adding it would take her at least a month.
Her husband, who had been identified as Juan Lazaro of Uruguay, is reportedly a 66-year-old Russian Mikhail Vasenkov from Siberia. Pelaez said she had no idea her husband of 30 years was Russian.
John Rodriguez, Pelaez's defense attorney, said he could not say whether Pelaez and Lazaro would remain husband and wife.
The 17-year-old son of Vicky Pelaez and Vasenkov/Lazaro, is expected to remain in the United States with his 38-year-old half-brother, Pelaez's son from a previous marriage.
Earlier Peruvian RPP radio reported that Pelaez had decided to return home despite being promised a Moscow apartment, visas and air tickets to Moscow for her children, as well as a $2,000 monthly pension for life.
The journalist was a columnist for New York-based Spanish-language newspaper El Diario La Prensa.
MEXICO CITY, July 12 (RIA Novosti)