One Russian Spy Left Kids Behind

Vicky Pelaez's sons abandoned but not worried
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2010 4:35 PM CDT
Waldo Mariscal, son of accused spy Vicky Pelaez, is surrounded by reporters as he gets into his car in Yonkers, NY, Friday, July 9, 2010.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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(Newser) – The children of Vicky Pelaez, the Peruvian sent to Moscow last week with the other nine accused Russian spies, are still in the US and are penniless, their aunt tells the New York Post. The Red Cross is helping 17-year-old Juan Lazaro Jr.—whose dad's name is actually Mikhail Vasenkov—and half-brother Waldo Mariscal, 38, Pelaez's lawyer says. The younger Lazaro "got tangled up in the sins of others," says an employee at the school where the talented pianist studies.

The feds may seize the family home in a New York suburb, which could then be auctioned, the Daily News reports. Lazaro Jr. doesn't sound worried. "We have each other, we have a lot of people and we're going to do fine," he tells NY1. His brother says the teen "may visit his parents, maybe in Peru."

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