Aleksandr N. Petroff

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Aleksandr N. Petroff was an American who was a source of information for Andrey Shevchenko, a Soviet intelligence operative during World War II. Petroff was one of several sources who worked at Curtiss-Wright Aircraft Corporation providing information on aircraft production methods. Soviet intelligence assigned Petroff the cover names FIN and FERRO.


Petroff is referenced in the following Venona project decryptions:

995 KGB New York to Moscow, 24 June 1943; 1403 KGB New York to Moscow, 5 October 1944; 1559 KGB New York to Moscow, 6 November 1944; 154 KGB Moscow to New York, 16 February 1945; 305 KGB Moscow to New York, 1 April 1945.


  • John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr, Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999).