This is beginning to feel like a time warp.
1950's Russian propeller bombers lurking at the borders of Canadian airspace ready to strike.
An aging Mafia don gunned down at his own home.
A Russian spymaster defects to the West with assassins in hot pursuit.
The Russian newspaper, Kommersant, reports that the head of Russia's deep-cover spy ring in the U.S., a Colonel Shcherbakov, unmasked the gang of spies arrested in June and then bolted for safety just before American authorities moved in.
"There has never been such a failure by Section S, the American department that Shcherbakov directed," said Gennady Gudkov, deputy chairman of the Russian parliament's security committee, confirming that Kommersant's report was accurate.
The paper said Shcherbakov had left Russia days before U.S. authorities announced the spy ring arrests on June 28 -- and quoted a Kremlin official as saying a Russian hit squad was probably already planning to kill him.
" We know who he is and where he is," the unidentified official was quoted as saying. "Do not doubt that a Mercader has been sent after him already."
Ramon Mercader was the Russian agent who murdered exiled Bolshevik Leon Trotsky with an ice axe in Mexico in 1940.