Family on spy Oleg Smolenkov’s life

Family on spy Oleg Smolenkov’s life
Smolenkov’s first wife Regina

The spy has been married twice; he fled from Russia with his second wife and their children.

The ex-presidential administration official, Oleg Smolenkov, whom the media refer to as an American spy, has been married twice. He divorced his first wife, remarried and fled from Russia with his new wife and their children.

Moskovsky Komsomolets found out that Smolenkov met his first wife, Regina, when she was his English professor at the Maurice Thorez Institute of Foreign Languages. After the wedding, the couple moved to an apartment of the wife's parents on Novoslobodskaya Street. Then they left for Washington, where Smolenkov worked as the foreman of a cooperative store at the embassy and was responsible for the procurement and supply of food appointed by Ambassador Yuri Ushakov.

After returning to Russia in 2009, the couple broke up, allegedly because they did not have children, family members reveal. According to Regina, she has not talked to him since Oleg emailed her the divorce papers. She had not been aware of his disappearance with the new family until December 2017. The woman also remarried and lives in France.

Regina revealed that Oleg Smolenkov was friends with embassy worker Alexei Shilin, the twin brother of the infamous Alexander Shilin, who brutally murdered his girlfriend and her young daughter in May 2017 before taking his own life in his apartment on Leninsky Prospekt.

Smolenkov’s second wife’s name is Antonina. The spy’s mother-in-law told MK that she had last talked with her son-in-law and daughter less than a year ago. The mother of Oleg Smolenkov’s wife is a dentist, who is taking care of the fugitive official’s sick mother, which Smolenkov had asked her to do. Earlier, the media reported that the spy had abandoned his sick mother in Moscow.

In the summer of 2017, when the Smolenkovs left Russia, his mother-in-law came to visit them in Montenegro. Since then, they have talked over the phone several times, last time less than a year ago. The former official is also known to have called his mother. He warned his mother-in-law that the family was going to spend more time "on vacation" than it had been planned.

“I was supposed to be back from Montenegro a week earlier. Oleg said he would come later. Before I left, Oleg asked me to look after his mother, Valentina Nikolaevna and to pay for a nurse,” Smolenkov’s mother-in-law said.

When asked what she thought of the situation, the woman said she did not know what her son-in-law was guided by. She explained that she knew that Smolenkov had been dismissed from the presidential administration and she had an opinion about the espionage charges, but she would prefer to keep it to herself. Smolenkov’s mother-in-law said that he never spoke about work. “We only talked about trivial home-related things, nothing else really. There were no conflicts either, except with my daughter, also over minor housework things,” she added.

Earlier, CNN reported that the US authorities had evacuated a spy from Russia who had worked in the Russian government. That was done back in 2017 for fears that President Trump might expose him. Later, information appeared in the Russian media that the spy was a certain Oleg Smolenkov, an employee of the Russian presidential administration, who had vanished after leaving the country for a Montenegro vacation with his family in 2017.

According to Vedomosti, Smolenkov previously worked at the Russian Embassy in the United States, when Ushakov was the ambassador, and later he was in the apparatus of the Russian government. According to the source of the publication, he had access to “very sensitive information, including that from the special services,” when in the presidential administration. Moreover, when he did not have access to classified data, he could have received any information from conversations with his coworkers.

Oleg Smolenkov had the so-called “second-level security clearance” and could access top secret official documentation, Komsomolskaya Pravda reported earlier today.

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