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The gifted teenage son who will be left behind

Their cover blown, 10 Russian spies have given up their lives in the US and headed home -- but in at least one case their children probably won't follow.

A lawyer for Vicky Pelaez said the 17-year-old son she had with fellow Russian agent Mikhail Vasenkov during the decades they spent living in New York will most likely remain in the US, as will her 38-year-old son from a prior marriage.

The teen, known as Juan Lazaro Jr after his father's assumed name, is a gifted pianist who lived his whole life in the US. He was in court yesterday to watch his parents plead guilty.


Arrangements were being made to relocate other children of the Russian spies, who admitted infiltrating the US to gather information for Moscow.

One other convicted couple, Mikhail Kutsik and Natalia Pereverzeva, had been making arrangements even before the plea deal to send their two young children, aged one and three, home to Russia.

It wasn't immediately clear what type of travel arrangements were being made for the four other children involved in the case.

Vladimir and Lydia Guryev, who had been living in Montclair, New Jersey, under the names Richard and Cynthia Murphy, have two daughters, aged 7 and 11.

Andrey Bezrukov and Elena Vavilova, who lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, under the aliases Donald Heathfield and Tracey Foley, have two sons -- a 20-year-old student at George Washington University and a 16-year-old who attended a private high school in Boston.

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