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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Alleged Spies Leave Wake of Broken Canadian Hearts

TORONTO -- Two Russians did their work well before Canadian spy-catchers snared them. Each built a new identity, found a good job -- and drew unsuspecting Canadians into passionate love affairs.


The alleged spies, who face imminent deportation, have been identified by intelligence officials as Dmitry Olshevsky, 32, and Yelena Olshevskaya, 33, a couple who lived in Canada for at least six years using names taken from the tombstones of dead babies.


The couple were arrested after lengthy surveillance by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. The agency has not yet presented evidence that they were conducting espionage in Canada, and probably won't have to now that the pair has agreed to be deported.


Experts say the couple either was in pursuit of high-technology information or had been assigned to live quietly in Canada for several years establishing foolproof false identities before moving elsewhere.


But to their neighbors, co-workers and lovers they were Ian and Laurie Lambert, affable, easygoing Canadians. Authorities believe the two are married, although both had lovers in Canada.


Anita Keyes, 37, admits she fell deeply in love with the man she knew as Ian Lambert. The relationship was "beyond what most people have in their life," Keyes told the Toronto Star. "We cherished every minute together."


"This isn't a story about spies, this is a love story," she said. "Ian is not some cardboard spy, some evil person. He's wonderful, kind, he's romantic and supportive."


Peter Miller, a Toronto physician, had a four-month affair with the woman he thought was insurance-company worker Laurie Lambert. They met at a dinner honoring Scotch single-malt whiskey.


"I think she's a tremendous person who's been bottled up as a spy through many years," Miller said.