Australian violinist ‘was a Soviet spy’

Declassified papers of a KGB defector have named Steve Carl Stevenson, an Australian violinist of Bulgarian parentage, as a spy. Born in Perth in 1947, he acted for the Bulgarians from 1966 and for the Russians from 1973.

Codenamed ‘Oscar’, Stevenson was outed by a defector in the 1980s and whisked to safety in the USSR. He may still be living in Russia.

Little is known of his musical activities except that he was a professional violinist who commissioned a work from an Australian composer, with funds from the Australia Council. Do any of our readers remember him?

 

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