Accused Russian spies' children face 'nightmare' of jailed parents, family stigma

Accused Russian spies' children face 'nightmare' of jailed parents, family stigma
07.01.2010

Published: Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 8:00 AM

By Judy Peet

MONTCLAIR — Less than a week ago, 11-year-old Katie Murphy was proudly receiving multiple awards at her 5th-grade graduation. Now, no one in her Montclair neighborhood knows what happened to Katie and her younger sister, Lisa, who were last seen in the company of the FBI after their parents were arrested Sunday night as Russian agents...

In the past century in the U.S. , there have been just a handful of cases involving both parents’ simultaneous arrest for spying. The most notorious involves Robert and Michael Rosenberg, who were just 6 and 10 in 1953 when their parents, Ethel and Julius, became the only Americans executed as Russian spies. More than 50 years later, Robert Meeropol — his adopted name — is director of the Rosenberg Fund for Children, a non-profit organization that supports the offspring of imprisoned dissidents. Although he is currently abroad and not available for comment, Meeropol discusses what it feels like to be the child in this situation on the fund’s website...

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