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Arkady Nikolayevich Shevchenko (October 11, 1930 – February 28, 1998), a Soviet diplomat, was the highest-ranking Soviet official to defect to the West.

Shevchenko joined the diplomatic service of the Soviet Union as a young man and rose through the ranks of the Soviet Foreign Ministry, becoming advisor to Andrei Gromyko, Minister for Foreign Affairs. In 1973 he was appointed Under ... more »

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  • ''In the Soviet Union everything happens slowly. Always remember that.''
    A.N. (Arkady N.) Shevchenko (b. 1930), Soviet defecting diplomat. quoted in Observer (London, Jan 2. 1983).
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