Son of Russian spies fights for citizenship in Canada

FILE - In this July 1, 2010, file photo, Alex Vavilov, right, and his older brother brother Tim leave a federal court after a bail hearing for their parents Donald Heathfield and Tracey Ann Foley, in Boston, Massachusetts. The now 23-year-old Alex and brother Tim seek the right to reside permanently in Canada, the country where their parents once lived clandestine lives as deeply embedded Russian spies. The brothers weren’t charged and their lawyer said no evidence has ever surfaced suggesting they knew of their parents undercover identity. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

TORONTO (AP) — Recent university graduate Alex Vavilov was born in Toronto. However His parents were part of a notorious Russian spy ring in North America. This is impeding upon his right to remain a citizen of Canada.

The 23 year old, Vavilov, is seeking permanent residence on Canadian Soil. The Canadian government reckons he is not entitled to citizenship due to the nature of his parents’ spy career. Officials believe his “Canadian” birth was based on false pretenses since his parents operated under stolen identities. He and his parents lived in Toronto (under stolen identities), then moved to Massachusetts whilst collecting intelligence from Moscow.

This case has been escalated and the courts will rule in early December on whether of not the government is entitled to strip Vavilov of his citizenship.



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