CHILDREN OF RUSSIAN SPIES

Grown ups enjoy playing games of war and spying and catch-me-if-you-can, but lost in these childish activities is the impact of these behaviors on children. There are at least eight children of the couples who were arrested for spying in America for the Russian government. The children now confront a reality in which what was real was phony and they don’t even know who they are, what are their real names and where did their parents come from. A child with the name of “Murphy” has a Russian name she has never heard mentioned and the pride in her “Irish heritage” has to be replaced by being someone of Russian background. Juan Lazaro, a gifted pianist at LaGuardia HS for the performing arts in New York City is only certain of one thing in life — he can play the piano. Everything else is false. Most probably children under the age of five will be returned to relatives in Russia, a country that is foreign in every respect to them and soon they will be in the homes of strangers who are aunts or uncles or grandparents.

OK, these spies believed they were performing a noble act by stealing pie recipes and “talking to a son of a diplomat” or having their picture taken with a congressman. How could these people place their own children in harm’s way? What was their thought process? The worse part of this childish adventure is that Russia and America are NOT enemies and will never go to war against one another. So, what in heck was the spying all about?