On June 16, 2022, Sergey Cherkasov attempted to infiltrate the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands using the elaborate cover of a Brazilian student residing in Ireland. Cherkasov was a Russian Illegal, the most elusive and damaging type of spy. Illegal agent programs remain as strategic, long-term, resource-intensive, and damaging to Canada's interests as they were during the Cold War. Technological advancements have made human intelligence operations easier to identify and counter, shifting priorities and resources to Illegals' networks. One of the most successful Illegals - Richard Sorge - will be presented as an introduction to this most clandestine and effective method of espionage and foreign interference.
Canada remains an ideal venue for illegals to legend build and operate. Case studies of David Soboloff and William Hampel (Montreal), Ian and Laurie Lambert, and the Heathfield-Foleys (Toronto) will be examined as illustrations of Russian intelligence's effort on illegals deployment.
This course will examine the Ghost Stories network, which was the inspiration for the 'Americans' TV series, with its Canadian twists. Furthermore, this course will review narrated surveillance footage of the US-based network's operations. Finally, this course will examine Cherkasov’s true name and alias personas, recently disseminated by Bellingcat.