was it O. V. Lepshinskaya who was arrested in Italy for shoplifting on one tour outside Soviet Russia?
i seem to recall this being told to me with the suggestion that perhaps O.V.L. was trying to get arrested so she could 'stay' in Italy.
all this very fuzzy and if there has been an ref. to such an incident in the obits i missed it.
i wonder if anyone else has heard of antyhing related to this.
i could be misremembering the whole incident and connecting it wrongly to O.V.L.
I am not sure what country it was but took place in the summer of 1958. She denied the accusation and said it was ridiculous to suggest that she would steal.
It is is very interesting to think that she may have wanted to defect.