Elena Miller

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Elena Miller, formerly Yelena Borisovna Olshanskaya, is a Russian, who, as alleged by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), came to Canada and spied under the name of a dead child and later lost the right to immigrate back to Canada to live with her second, Canadian husband.[1][2][3][4]


In the early 1990s, "Elena Miller" came to live in Canada under the name "Laurie Catherine Mary Lambert", maiden name "Brodie". Her husband was "Ian Mackenzie Lambert".[1]

On May 27, 1996, CBC television correspondent Neil MacDonald reported an arrest days earlier of Ian and Laurie Lambert, a married couple living in a "toney" apartment in Toronto, as Russian spies. In the 1980s, the couple had come separately to Canada under Russian names "Yelena Borisovna Olshanskaya" and "Dmitriy Olshansky". According to CSIS, the real "Laurie Catherine Mary Brodie" was born on September 8, 1963, in Quebec and had died in Toronto age two years old. The real "Ian Mackenzie Lambert" was a child from Ontario who had died age three months on February 17, 1966. Canada intelligence reported that they worked for the Russian foreign intelligence service. They had met in Toronto and married in 1991, when they assumed the false names. The wife had worked for an insurance company in Toronto; the husband worked at a Blacks photography plant.[1][2][3][4]

The couple divorced soon after arrest.[4] In June 1996, Canada deported the couple.[1][3][4] Ex-husband Dmitriy Olshansky then married a girlfriend (a cause of recent trouble in Canada); ex-wife Yelena Borisovna married her boyfriend, a UK-born, Canadian doctor named Peter Miller in a ceremony attended by her ex-husband.[1][3][4]

In 1998, Peter Miller sponsored her application for permanent residence in Canada.[1][3] Miller claimed that she posed no threat to Canada because she had quit Russian intelligence in October 1996. She also refused to discuss her spying activity in Canada because of a non-disclosure agreement.[1] The suit failed in federal courts due to her security status.[3][4]

On July 24, 2006, in an appeal decision, Canada's federal court chief, Justice Allan Lutfy, upheld the decision of Public Safety Minister Anne McLellan to deny Miller's immigration request. As a result, Miller could not return to Canada to live with a new Canadian husband.[1][3] Instead, the Millers moved to Switzerland.[2]

In October 2006, "Elena Miller" sued Citizenship and Immigration Canada for permission to immigrate to Canada. She also filed for damages due to negligence and delay.[2] On November 30, 2006, Canadian Federal Justice James Hugessen dismissed her suit because Canadian officials had done the "best they could a claim" vis-a-vis "an unmasked Russian spy" who sought "special treatment by the country whose hospitality she so grossly abused."[3]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Ex-Spy Refused Return to Canada". Moscow Times. 4 August 2006. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d Jiménez, Marina (4 October 2006). "Russian spy sues Ottawa for being left out in cold". The Globe & Mail. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Jiménez, Marina (22 December 2006). "Ex-spy loses lawsuit over Canada's refusal to let her return". The Globe & Mail. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Whitaker, Reginald; Kealey, Gregory S.; Parnaby, Andrew (2012). Secret Service: Political Policing in Canada : from the Fenians to Fortress America. University of Toronto Press. pp. 420–422. Retrieved 22 December 2018.

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