Call for paid service +44 (0)344-991-9222

Former Russian spy denied return to Canada

Support migrant centric journalism today and donate

A Russian woman who spied on Canada for six years after assuming the identity of a dead child lost an appeal to return to the country to live with her new Canadian husband.

Canada's federal court chief, Justice Allan Lutfy, ruled that former Public Safety Minister Anne McLellan's decision denying Elena Miller's immigration request was not unreasonable.

"The applicant has not demonstrated that the minister failed to 'consider and weigh' the 'patently relevant factors' so as to render patently unreasonable her exercise of discretion,'' Lutfy wrote in the July 24 decision, a copy of which the federal court released in an e-mail this week.

Miller lived in Canada during the early 1990s under the name of Laurie Catherine Mary Lambert, claiming her maiden name was Brodie.

The real Laurie Catherine Mary Brodie was born in Quebec on Sept. 8, 1963, and died in Toronto before her second birthday, Canada's Security Intelligence Service said.

Miller's husband called himself Ian Mackenzie Lambert, the name of an Ontario child who died Feb. 17, 1966, before he was three months old.

According to Canada's intelligence service, the couple's real names were Dmitry Vladimirovich Olshansky and Yelena Borisovna Olshanskaya. They worked for the Russian foreign intelligence service, the Canadian agency said.

The two were deported from Canada in June 1996. They divorced that same year.

Miller said she posed no threat to Canada, having quit the spy agency in October 1996.

She refused to discuss her spying activity in Canada, telling the court in a filing that she was required to sign an undertaking not to divulge information about her activities.

Miller married Canadian doctor Peter Miller in December 1996.

He sponsored her application for permanent residence in Canada in 1998.


Canada and entry of gay couples
Proposed Changes to the Canadian Citizenship Act to Expedite Adoption and Citizenship
New Canadian government to help new immigrants
Paper examines HIV-positive immigrants in Canada
Canada's new immigration minister discusses plans
Immigrants should embrace both old culture and new