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U.S./Russia: Former KGB Agent To Ignore Moscow Summons

Washington, 27 March 2002 (RFE/RL) -- A former KGB general living in the United States has said he will not comply with a summons ordering him to Moscow for an interrogation by Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB). Oleg Kalugin said yesterday he was given the summons on 25 March by an officer of the Russian consulate in Washington. Kalugin said the summons orders him to report to Moscow for "interrogation as a defendant" on 28 March.

He said the FSB may want to question him about his testimony in the spy case of retired U.S. Army Reserve Colonel George Trofimoff, who was sentenced to life in prison by a U.S. court in September. Kalugin said he believes the real reason for the summons is revenge by former KGB officers for his vocal criticism of the former Soviet intelligence service.

Kalugin has insisted he was not the one who uncovered Trofimoff as a Soviet spy to U.S. and British intelligence services.

Trofimoff was convicted of selling military secrets to the Soviet Union during the Cold War. In an interview to be broadcast later today, Trofimoff maintains his innocence and says he is appealing his conviction. He made the remarks in an interview with U.S. television network CBS.

He calls himself a "patriot that served this country."

Trofimoff was accused of spending decades smuggling secret documents out of the interrogation center in Nuremberg, Germany. He supervised the center for more than 20 years.

Kalugin testified that he rewarded Trofimoff for being one of the Soviet Union's top spies.