Evdokia Alexeevna Petrova

Evdokia Alexeevna Petrova (1914-2002) was a junior officer in the Soviet Unionís intelligence service. In 1951 she and her husband were posted to the Soviet Embassy in Canberra. After he defected in 1954, she initially preferred to return home to avoid reprisals against her family but reluctantly changed her mind at Darwin airport and was dramatically removed from Soviet custody. Courtesy Australian Dictionary of Biography


13 April 1954

Royal Commission on Espionage (Petrov Affair)

Prime Minister Robert Menzies announces to parliament the defection of Soviet Embassy official Vladimir Petrov and his wife Evdokia, on the eve of the 1954 federal election. The defection, together with the subsequent Royal Commission into Espionage, become known as the Petrov Affair. It adds to existing tensions within the Labor Party over the issue of communism, tensions that ultimately result in a split in the Party and the formation of the anti-communist Democratic Labor Party.


Evdokia Petrov at the Petrov Royal Commission.