Peruvian journalist accused of spying on U.S. deported to Russia

By Ingrid Bachmann

Vicky Peláez and her husband already are in Russia after being deported along with eight others who admitted they were undercover Russian agents, reported RPP.

According to AFP, the 55-year-old journalist was the only one of the spy network that was not Russian, but she still was stripped of her U.S. citizenship and the deportation order forced her to leave her U.S. life, including her two children.

However, Peláez will not necessarily remain in Moscow, reported Perú 21. The journalist, who has not yet accepted an offer from Russia that would pay her $2,000 a month for the rest of her life and provide free housing, could return to Peru. The Peruvian government said that if her papers are in order, there is no reason she couldn't enter the country, added ANSA.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.