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As First Secretary of the Soviet Embassy to Australia, he was expelled on 22 April 1983 under suspicion of being a spy after allegedly trying to recruit Australian Labor Party member David Combe, see Combe-Ivanov affair.
- Trahair, R. C. S. (2004). Encyclopedia of Cold War espionage, spies, and secret operations. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 137. ISBN 0-313-31955-3. Retrieved 2009-04-19.
- "Australia Scandal Erupts Over Soviet Diplomat". The New York Times. 12 May 1983. Retrieved 2009-04-20.
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