WASHINGTON — Four years after he was imprisoned by the KGB and threatened with the death penalty for espionage, Nicholas Daniloff said today that he will be going back to the Soviet Union, this time as a university lecturer.
After 13 days of imprisonment and interrogation, Daniloff was released by the Soviet authorities in August, 1986, and permitted to leave with his family. He had been entrapped by the KGB, apparently to provide trading material to win the release of Soviet agent Andrei Zakharov arrested by the FBI in New York the previous month.
Daniloff, a former United Press International reporter and in 1986 a correspondent for U.S. News and World Report, was preparing to leave Moscow for home after a five-year stint in Moscow.
Daniloff, a professor at Northeastern University in the Boston area, applied when his school set up an exchange program with Moscow State University.
Daniloff plans to go to Moscow in May for three or four weeks to deliver a series of lectures to Soviet students on U.S. journalism.
"I always said I'd return."